Christmas Shutdown â€“ making staff pay for poor management
Christmas Shutdown – making staff pay for poor management
NTEU has written to Management expressing our opposition to the Xmas shutdown, as it is being used as a blunt instrument by Management to reduce leave liabilities, and does nothing to address the poor management of annual leave at the local workplace level.
Most importantly the shutdown undermines the right of UNSW staff to take leave at a time of our choosing.
This week’s Christmas shutdown notice might have led you to conclude that UNSW Senior Management have a ‘god complex’. Sundays between Christmas and New Year are now officially declared University ‘Holy Days’!
When challenged on this by NTEU, HR explained that this means our colleagues who work on a 7-day shift roster won’t have their annual leave deducted between Christmas and New Year due to the shutdown.
The 2010 NSW Auditor General’s Report, recommended that in order to address any excessive leave liability at UNSW, “the University establish individual plans with employees to reduce excessive leave balances within an acceptable timeframe”.
Not surprisingly, this accords with NTEU’s view that good management of leave at the local level, and good planning is the best way to ensure that every member of academic and general staff is afforded the opportunity to take leave.