NTEU members who oppose VAAs are concerned that treaty change will not save jobs, but show management that workers are simple goals. They produced a video that advertises the “no” case. In an NTEU-Fightback-UWA leaflet, it was said: The Vice-Chancellor of the UWA and the national directorate of the NTEU “sold the modification of the enterprise agreement to avoid job cuts”, but the provisions of the EAV explicitly authorize “forced dismissals, the protection for casual cases being low and not applying, unless these casual players can demonstrate a “reasonable anticipation” of the work in progress which is almost impossible in practice.” The Academic Staff Agreement 2017 was adopted by ballot by the university`s scientific staff on December 14, 2017. On June 26, all staff will vote on the proposal to amend the UWA Academic, Professional and General Staff Agreement 2017, which covers payment and conditions. Higher education workers, forced to shoulder higher workloads and survive the casual work environment, are now being asked to save some of Australia`s wealthiest institutions, according to the leaflet. The proposed amendment provides for a two-week COVID-19 leave paid for all workers and guarantees income-related assistance for any permanent employee who has resigned due to the effects of COVID-19 (public university staff have been excluded from the federal government`s jobkeeper system). In addition, a six-month increase will be imposed in January 2021 and the payment of the annual vacation expense to employees will be cancelled this year. It was preceded by negotiations between UWA and NTEU leaders under the union`s Employment Protection Framework (JPF). UWA was one of the few universities to be part of it. In addition, UWA had $2.1 billion in assets and a consolidated operating budget of $121 million last year, meaning it could easily afford to absorb the costs of the pandemic crisis.
This appears to be supported by modelling by Ian Marshman and Frank Larkins of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, which found that UWA had “sufficient reserves to cover all cases of short- and long-term losses” from the decline in international enrolment of students due to the pandemic. It reflects “both a relatively modest dependence on international royalty revenues and the unenviable level of reserves of money and investment,” he said. . The new agreement was approved by the Fair Labour Commission and began on 15 May 2018 and has a nominal expiry date 30 June 2021. . See also the non-union vote to the University of Melbourne`s victory for academic freedom beaten, as Murdoch University falls the case against Schroeder-Turk Meanwhile, some union leaders at the branch level and at the national level have been attacked for refusing to broadcast material that says “no”. Chris Grant, a UWA-based member, said: “The online ballot had links to the `yes` campaign on its website, but it didn`t have the opportunity to put the [no] position. They have also repeatedly refused to accept our proposals at branch meetings. They say the proposed amendment adds up to a 10% pay cut of up to $247 per 14 days for some employees and a salary cut of up to $6420 per year for professional employees.