NTEUsday President's Message
Firstly, thank you to those members who have spoken up on the Operational Excellence blog. There is little point in our complaining about lack of consultation if staff don’t engage in discussion when given the opportunity, and I thank those (few) who have shown enough commitment to their colleagues and to the University to make their views known. It’s not too late to post a message:
Our response to OE
Over the next week, we will be formulating our official response to the OE proposals, and I am keen to get your feedback on our plan. At this stage we are likely to respond to a number of features:
- The procedures followed, particularly the secrecy with which the proposals were formulated, the lack of ongoing consultation with staff likely to be affected, the lack of evidence of need for change, and the sense of intimidation causing staff to be reluctant to engage in the process.
- The apparently arbitrary nature of mapping decisions, the targeting of individuals for “demotion” and the lack of explanation for changes to HEW levels without changes in duties.
- The creation and filling of new positions without advertisement; the by-passing of existing provisions for reclassification in the Collective Agreement .
- The plight of contract staff who were not mapped in the proposals and the exclusion of unmapped staff from the documents provided.
- The emphasis in the OE documentation on the mechanics of implementation rather than on the merits of the proposals themselves, making fully informed discussion impossible.
- The particular lack of wisdom of removing student support officers from schools, renaming them “Information Officers” and placing them in central locations.
Many members have already sent us comments on these and other matters and they will certainly help us to formulate our response, but if you have any information or comment you have not sent us, or if you think there are other aspects of OE that we should be responding to, I’d be glad to hear from you. Please let me have any comments by mid-day Monday 31st May.
Thanks, and regards,
Edith Cowan University Branch