University Of Wollongong Enterprise Agreement

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    The investigation was available to all employees covered by the two UOW Enterprise Agreements and was open from Wednesday, June 10 to Friday, June 12 at midnight. Before introducing these amendments, the Vice-Chancellor will ask the University`s Joint Advisory Committee (JCC) – a forum for permanent consultation with the two workers` unions, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the National Union of Higher Education (NTEU) – to explore this possibility of saving jobs by supporting the alternative of the reflection agreement proposed to agents as option 1. Full-time equivalents under UOW`s university and professional agreements range from $49,977 to $182,845 per year and are between 17 and 56% above what is expected under the modern price. The planned salary increases will together add an additional $25 million to the university`s employment costs during this period. If both agreements are supported and the Fair Labour Commission approves the amendment, the amendment will come into force at a date set by the Commission for fair work. Until then, the provisions of the existing agreement will apply. The survey, which invited staff to indicate their preferences based on three options available in order to achieve the employment savings necessary to put UOW back in a sustainable financial position, showed that a majority of participants wanted to maintain all of the current employment conditions under the university`s two enterprise agreements. “In order to take all possible steps to minimize job losses, I have asked the management team to submit to the Joint Advisory Committee a comprehensive draft amendment to The Enterprise Agreements for Option 1 to immediately verify whether our local staff representatives will accept this option. Two of the three options proposed to achieve these savings were for different enterprise agreements, reducing wages between 5 and 10% for 18 months, between 7.5% and 15% for 12 months, depending on the level of wages, and reducing working time to a level of wage reduction. The third option did not change current conditions of employment. If you have any questions about the content of the amendment to the agreement, please email employment-relations@uow.edu.au. If professional service employees vote in favour of the amendment and academic staff vote to adopt their proposed amendments, both documents will be submitted for approval by the Fair Work Commission.

    If an agreement is not supported, the university will not continue to submit one of the two variants for approval. The management of the University of Wollongong (UOW) is asking union representatives to support an amendment to the enterprise agreement to minimise job losses as soon as the results of the recent staff survey are published. “COVID-19 has profoundly changed our world, our economy and our higher education around the world. No university is immune to the global recession we are going through today, and doing nothing is not an option.