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EBAs: Monash settle – Swinburne, Macquarie and UQ unsettled

10 March 2014

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nteu-logoThe National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and Monash University have reached in-principle agreement on a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) , following strike action on 3 March, while NTEU and Swinburne appear headed to court. Staff are striking at Macquarie and Queensland over pay and workload issues.

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The deal provides for  a salary increase going forward of 13% for the life of the new agreement, in addition to the 2% administrative pay rise which Monash University staff received last year making a total salary increase of 15% to be delivered by 30 June 2017.

Meanwhile, the NTEU is proposing to challenge in Fair Work Commission the narrow vote  by staff in favour (1031 to 974) of  Swinburne management’s proposed EBA, which the union had opposed in a ballot of all staff.  The NTEU has told staff:

In our investigations we have already identified hundreds of ex-staff who were given a ballot. There are many other discrepancies and issues which must be considered by the Fair Work Commission.

NTEU members at Macquarie University and the University of Queensland are striking on Tuesday 11 March for more permanent and early career academic staff to address casualisation and ensure fairer workloads.

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