NTEU Newsroom | 26 October 2012
Staff at Curtin University in Perth have won an in-principle agreement to provide 17% wage increase over 4 years. The in-principle agreement, which has been endorsed by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Executive and members, is the first to be negotiated in any of Australia’s 37 public universities in the current round.
Key improvements in the deal include:
- Reasonable salary increases
- Firm workload caps for academic staff
- Equal treatment for general and academic staff in serious misconduct and unsatisfactory work performance issues
- The creation of more secure work for casual staff with the introduction of Scholarly Teaching Fellows, to be created from previously casualised work
- Improved career development options for general staff
NTEU Assistant National Secretary Matt McGowan says that the enterprise agreement provides for firm caps on teaching loads.
Teaching and research academics will have hours of teaching contact capped at 260 (40% load), 340 hours (50% load) or 420 hours (60% load). In a significant change, the NTEU has agreed that new teaching focussed jobs can be created with a 75% teaching load, capped at 550 hours p.a.
Importantly, casual staff will get a better deal as part of our national push to create 2000 teaching- focussed positions, known as Scholarly Teaching Fellows, to perform 20% of the work currently undertaken by casual staff.
Under the Curtin agreement, 5% of the load carried by casuals will be converted to Scholarly Teaching Fellow positions over each year of the agreement. These new positions will carry 75% teaching loads for between 24-36 weeks, with cap of 550 contact hours annually. It’s a major advance for casuals who are largely excluded from access to full-time academic posts even though they now account for 50% of undergraduate teaching in Australian universities.
Curtin leads way on pay