Media Release: NTEU objection to UNSW General Staff Agreement improves staff conditions
Fair Work Australia (FWA) yesterday approved the University of New South Wales (UNSW) General Staff Agreement despite the National Tertiary Education Union’s (NTEU) objection, but sought undertakings from the University that will improve some conditions for General Staff.
“We do not believe that this Agreement is in the best interests of staff, but at least our raising of concerns has seen improvements,” NTEU National Assistant Secretary Matthew McGowan said today.
Key improvements are:
1) Employees working outside of the normal span of hours will be no worse off financially than if they were paid according to the Awards underpinning the Agreement.
2) Casual employees need to be employed for a minimum of three hours (the proposed Agreement removed the Award restriction on the minimum hours of engagement).
“We continue to be concerned about the loss of Award conditions that protect job security for staff, among other things, and we are likely to appeal this decision,” Mr McGowan said.
NTEU will review its options to appeal the FWA decision over the next few days.
For further information and contact:
Matthew McGowan, NTEU National Assistant Secretary, 0417 054 110