Deakin makes pay offer

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:

  • An improved academic workload model, which will allow staff to work to their strengths.
  • Creation of more than 30 non-casual teaching-focussed positions for current casual academics, to reduce casualisation.
  • Streamlined redundancy provisions for all continuing staff, with redundancy pay determined by both age and length of service. No current staff would get a lower redundancy payment than is currently provided and the majority would receive higher payments.
  • Introduction of paid family violence leave and a doubling of paid-partner parental leave.
  • An increased span of hours in which staff can be asked to work but with no change to the overall 36.75 hours/week for full-time staff.
  • A commitment to recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • Streamlined disciplinary, academic probation and grievance processes.

“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.

News facts
  • Deakin has made a pay offer of 3% per year over the life of its new enterprise agreement
  • Vice Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander says the pay offer is fair and affordable and provides certainty for staff.
  • The offer compares with expected CPI of 2.5% and average annual wages growth across the Victorian public sector of 2.9%

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1st July 2013