Dec 12, 2017

University of Sydney CPSU NSW bulletin

University of Sydney CPSU NSW bulletin – December 2017

Dear University of Sydney professional staff colleagues,

Tomorrow, Wednesday 13 December, the university will open a university-wide staff ballot asking whether you accept the 2017-2021 Enterprise Agreement as recently drafted.

CPSU NSW members at the University of Sydney have chosen to endorse the new agreement on the basis that, on balance, it provides improved conditions for professional staff. Therefore, on behalf of the CPSU NSW, I strongly encourage you to participate in the all-staff ballot and vote YES to accept the new Enterprise Agreement.

Amongst the many improvements that CPSU NSW worked hard to achieve are:

  • A flat-rate $500 salary uplift for professional staff. The CPSU fought strenuously for a flat-rate salary increase, which is more beneficial for staff at the lower end of the salary scale, in the last bargaining round – however, the other bargaining parties were not receptive. This time we had some success! This is on top of the $500 sign-on bonus and 2.1 per cent increases in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 which apply to all staff
  • Enhancements to professional staff workload protections, including set indicators of problematic workloads that supervisors will be required to consider and the ability to appeal a decision related to your workload to the Delegated Officer (Staffing)
  • An enhanced Change Management process allowing for a preliminary staff consultation process prior to the establishment and release of a formal change proposal
  • The inclusion of a requirement to consider job retraining as a potential mitigating action in redundancy processes
  • Enhanced gender equity conditions not only in terms of salary and HEO level, but also in terms of career opportunities, and including the requirement to consider gender equity issues with regard to selection, probation and promotion procedures.

While the CPSU NSW was an active and vital contributor to the positive professional staff developments within the bargaining process, we made our displeasure known about elements of that process which took place once the pay offer was put on the table and we will work to prevent a repeat of those elements when the next agreement is negotiated.

If you are a professional staff member with an interest in improving your working conditions and those of your professional staff colleagues, please consider joining the CPSU NSW – https://membership.psa.asn.au/register. The CPSU NSW at the University of Sydney is wholly dedicated to protecting and improving the working lives of professional staff.

Thanks and regards,

Grant Wheeler
Branch President
University of Sydney Branch

Please note, all members of the CPSU NSW are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.

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