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20 September 2013
Deakin University and the NTEU have provisionally agreed on comprehensive terms for a new enterprise agreement.
The new agreement will include a 3 per cent annual salary increase, and a $1200 initial increase to all salary bands (pro rata for non full-time staff). This reflects CPI (estimated at 2.5 per cent), plus 0.5 per cent per year which, together with the $1200 increase, will ensure Deakin offers competitive salary rates to attract and retain high quality staff and remove pay band gaps relative to other universities. The $1200 increase ensures particular benefit for lower paid staff.
Other key features include a revised academic workloads model, introduction of domestic/family violence leave, the creation of 40 FTE (full time equivalent) teaching scholar positions, streamlined redundancy and disciplinary provisions, and increased paid partner leave.
Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander said the new agreement is ‘fair and sustainable’.
“I am delighted we have been able to conclude negotiations and confident that the new agreement will position Deakin well to achieve its strategic plan, now and into the future,” Professor den Hollander said.
NTEU Victorian Secretary Dr Colin Long welcomed the improvements achieved through a robust negotiation process, and complimented Deakin University union members and the management team for a constructive outcome.
The new agreement is under detailed review by the parties, before final approval after which it will be put to staff vote and then submission to the Fair Work Commission.
Deakin Media Relations
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Dr Colin Long
NTEU Victorian Division Secretary
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