NTEU News Room | 3 June 2013
Deakin University staff will stopwork for one hour at 1pm on Wednesday 5 June over stalled collective agreement negotiations. A ban on overtime for general staff, a ban on participating in performance appraisal and a ban on the transmission of student results will be put in place immediately. Deakin University will become the third university in Victoria where the NTEU has banned handing over student results.
The union says staff are concerned that Deakin University management is determined to reduce working conditions. Management proposals that have been put to the union include reducing overtime payments, increasing the hours of work for lower wages, reducing weekend penalty rates, reducing the minimum casual hours a person can be employed, and varying redundancy provisions, effectively reducing the time staff are given to make decisions about their job futures.
Colin Long, National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Victorian Division Secretary says “it’s not that Deakin University can’t afford it”:
…even given the ‘efficiency dividend’ imposed recently by the Federal Government. Deakin University is the most profitable in Victoria. Last financial year, it boasted a $60 million surplus, $22 million greater than budgeted, which the Vice Chancellor attributed to ‘underspends’ on salaries, research, buildings and grounds costs.