Acu Staff Agreement

Sydney`s strategy to address its loss of revenue, estimated at AUD 470 million this year, amounts to AUD 93 million thanks to the revision of temporary employee budgets in the workplace and the limitation of “new recruitment for permanent or temporary employees”. The Australian Catholic University (ACU) rejected the agreement for similar reasons. “This would be tantamount to ceding control of our response to the Covid crisis to an external body, the `national expert group`,” Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven told staff. And yesterday, members agreed to campaign against any management proposal “that results in job losses, reduces job security, increases employee workload, reduces employees` salaries, or eliminates or reduces previously agreed wage increases.” Universities Australia`s health officer said individual institutions should “examine the details” of the agreement and “decide whether they will participate based on their own unique circumstances.” The agreement, which must be approved by the various institutions and their employees, would allow for a temporary change in enterprise agreements. Universities could force employees to take time off, reduce their working hours, accept pay cuts of up to 15 per cent, and forgo gradually increasing their wages. The Melbourne Board of Directors also believes that the requirements of the agreement are contrary to its responsibility to “manage and control the affairs of the university.” However, opponents within the Union question whether the framework offers real guarantees, while some institutional leaders question their need. The University of Technology Sydney, which, in its own words, is facing a shortfall of AUD 190 million this year, says it is “seeking protection of employee compensation” and can deal with its financial problems “without a general reduction in anyone`s pay.” The Sharepoint site of the Enterprise Agreement remains accessible to employees and contains links to the previous agreement (PDF, 918 KB), significant changes between previous and new agreements and important consultation documents.