Skip navigation

Daily Archives: June 22nd, 2009

| June 19, 2009
Article from: The Australian

DEAKIN University has locked in a 16 per cent pay rise over four years to April 2012 in an agreement with the academic union that is likely to set the standard for further university wage deals in Victoria.

Deakin has also agreed to review the operation of its newly adopted trimester academic year while the National Tertiary Education Union has agreed to drop its legal action against the new arrangements.

The deal also includes improved conditions for casual staff.

The 16 per cent pay rise includes a 2 per cent increase granted in April, but Deakin has also agreed an additional sign-on bonus of $1,000 for full time staff, with a pro rata payment for part timers and casuals.

The increase compares with last month’s wages deal at the University of Sydney where pay will rise by 17 per cent over the period from March 2009 to January 2012.

“It sets a standard against which other agreements will be measured and we’d be looking to secure other agreements as soon as possible,” the NTEU’s Victorian secretary Matthew McGowan said.

Deakin vice chancellor Sally Walker said the agreement “provides a good platform for Deakin going forward and it rewards the hard work of staff.”

Professor Walker said the university wasn’t stepping back from the new trimester format, the operation of which she said was due to be reviewed in 2010. But in the wake of union concerns over workload and compressed teaching times the timetable for the review has been brought forward and consultation with staff and students will commence this year.

Under the agreement research active staff won’t be required to teach in more than two out of the three trimesters, while research inactive staff will be allowed to apply to have sufficient time off teaching to become research active.

“I don’t want teaching only staff, I want people to concentrate on what they are good at but that may change from one period to another,” Professor Walker said.,25197,25657644-12332,00.html

Ben Schneiders
June 22, 2009

A SENIOR union leader has promised a tough line on violence and intimidation, saying it will not be condoned, amid claims of death threats and violence at the recent West Gate industrial dispute.

The dispute was used earlier this month by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to justify Labor keeping laws that treat the building industry and building workers differently. They include tough coercive powers that can require building workers, under threat of jail, to answer questions.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Dave Oliver said if allegations were proved against any organiser at his union they would be dealt with.

“Very clearly we have a policy in place, we do not condone violence, intimidation and bullying and if anything is substantiated about any allegation about our organisers we will deal with it,” he told The Age.

A union organiser was alleged to have made death threats against a security guard and his family, although these claims have been denied. Civil and criminal and court court cases are under way as a result of the dispute and Mr Oliver said he would watch what came out of them.

“If anything comes out we will deal with it appropriately, we don’t condone that (violence) whatsoever,” he said.

Ms Gillard has been criticised for using the dispute despite none of the allegations being proved by a court. Labor’s stance has enraged many unionists.

Electrical Trades Union state secretary Dean Mighell said construction union organisers would be “laughed at” if they told members they should vote Labor at the next federal election.