Nov 16, 2017

Bargaining update: CSU reluctant to move on pay offer while conditions claims remain unresolved

Bargaining update CSU reluctant to move on pay offer while conditions claims remain unresolved – November 2017 (PDF version)

Charles Sturt University has informed the union it wants further discussion on a range of non-salary issues, including academic workloads, casual and fixed-term employment before responding to the unions on any future pay deal for CSU staff.

In relation to both casual and fixed-term employment the CPSU has indicated it is the union’s preference to either adopt or retain modern award provisions for professional staff, rather than encouraging further casualisation and insecure work.

The university’s current pay offer of a 1.5 per cent per annum increase in salaries has been criticised by the unions as too low and would likely result in a reduction in real wages over time.

In an effort to break the impasse, the CPSU has floated a modest counter proposal, including annual increases of two per cent or CPI (whichever is greater) over a four-year period. The CPSU model is on par with other pay deals in the sector and would ensure n- one falls behind in real terms.

In the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement prior to Christmas, the CPSU has also called on the university to pay an administrative increase in line with our general claim.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for 27 November 2017.

For further information on bargaining contact Wayne Marr wmarr@csu.edu.au or our Senior Industrial Officer Thane Pearce at tpearce@psa.asn.au or Greg Corrigan gcorrigan@psa.asn.au.

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