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1 July 2013
Deakin University today made a pay offer as part of its ongoing negotiation with the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) over the university's next enterprise agreement.
Deakin has proposed salary increases for all staff of three per cent (3%) each year over the life of the next agreement.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, said that the salary offer was fair and affordable and provided certainty for staff, particularly in light of the recent funding cuts for the university sector announced by the Federal Government in the lead up to the May budget.
“The offer is a reasonable one in our current environment especially when measured against expected CPI of 2.5 percent and average annual wages growth across the Victorian public sector of 2.9 percent,” she said.
The salary increases are contingent on Deakin reaching agreement with the NTEU over a number of amendments to employment conditions in the University's enterprise agreement.
Features proposed for the new agreement include:
“Our continued focus on careful management provides the comfort to offer these salary increases, in spite of the budget cuts, and in full knowledge that the challenges of our sector and our economy are formidable,” she said.
Professor den Hollander said that Deakin would continue to negotiate the new enterprise agreement in good faith and looked forward to working constructively with the NTEU to finalise the agreement as quickly as possible.
“Our negotiations have been underway since November last year and our staff are keen to see a result from the process,” she said.
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