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Timetable Issue

Posted 8 February 2012 by Kevin Poynter (Charles Sturt University)

The Branch has been made aware of a number of concerns with the trial of new timetable arrangemments on the Bathurst campus and has written to Human Resources to ensure a proper consultation process in place and these issues are resolved. The text of our email to Human Resources is below:

Dear Mal,

I am writing to you following contact from a number of members in Bathurst, regarding the trial of the new timetable for session 1, and the related development of a new Timetable Policy, yet to be finalised.

The NTEU believes that this matter should be dealt with under the managing change provisions of the EA because:   

(i)            The changes are detrimental and will affect a large number of staff especially when the policy is fully implemented;

(ii)           There is a conflict with the CSU Work/Life Balance and family-friendly policies. The draft Timetable Policy explicitly refutes the possibility of family/childcare arrangements as issues able to be raised by HOSs. This is of significant concern. It will impact on all staff with family/carer responsibilities, but especially on women who work for CSU in frontline teaching and learning roles (including lab and other support staff) and who carry family care;

(iii)        It is inappropriate to pilot timetabling mechanisms for the forthcoming session based upon a policy that remains in draft form and has not been ratified. 

Your comment on this is urgent before we take further action in relation to members and seek industrial advice about the suspension of this process until such time as proper review and consultation on the change requirements is completed.  

We look forward to receiving the documention for managing this change at the earliest opportunity, including the timelines for staff consultation.

 Len Palmer