Personal qualities should not be used in performance assessment
NTEU La Trobe Branch members are very angry about being assessed on their personal qualities and related 'behaviours' in a new performance development framework. Staff endorsed the following motion which was moved from the floor of a large multicampus union meeting on Thursday:
"This meeting emphatically rejects the demeaning, insulting and ridiculous personal and behavioural characteristics set out in the new performance development system.
Moved: Associate Professor Chris Palmer
Seconded: Associate Professor Caroline Chanock
The motion reflects the overwhelming view of the meeting and one which NTEU believes to be representative of the views of staff in general. A handful of members on the Bundoora campus disagreed and the feedback we have received from some of them following the meeting will be taken into consideration in ongoing discussions with management.
The Union believes that the documentation was prematurely released and as we are still in consultation with management about the framework we will support any members who do not want to fill in this section of the performance development plan.