Swinburne workbans lifted
This decision follows EB negotiations with Swinburne management today in which some significant gains were made. We are pleased to say that management demonstrated an encouraging level of good will about proceeding with the bargaining process.
Some important gains include:
- There will be an annual review of academic workload models with the NTEU and affected staff.
- Accumulated long service leave credits will be payable to staff who resign after seven years service. This applies to both general and academic staff. All long term casual staff to have access to long service leave.
- All marking ouside the class room by casual staff will now be paid.
- The draft agreement indicates that general staff may have access to RDOs, with their supervisor's approval.
- Right to refuse unreasonable overtime.
- Right to part-time work until a child is school age can only be refused on reasonable grounds.
There are a number of issues on which there is progress, but current status is "without prejudice". Agreement on the form of performance appraisal systems and methods (PDR/PPRD) is still contentious and under negotiation.
I thank all members who undertook to participate in bans. We appreciate that a strong contingent of academic staff made a commitment to with-holding of results. We thank members who participated in the strike action on 21 May and believe that this had a positive impact on the progress of bargaining at Swinburne.
NTEU Swinburne Branch