Utas Staff Agreement
In an email to employees Wednesday, Professor Black said employees had strongly supported the package. The agreement also sets out the conditions for the staff of the new UTAS College and clarifies the conditions and expectations of university college staff. Management attempted to exclude these employees from the main agreement throughout the negotiations, but a strong reaction from members, who made it clear that they would not agree to be included in a separate agreement, ultimately led all employees to be covered by the same agreement. Staff at the University of Tasmania voted to amend their staffing agreement to include a 12-month wage freeze and other job-saving measures. If union members agree to a pay stop, it will be put to a vote by other university staff about a week later. Professor Black stated that 65 executives had paid a total of $350,000 of their own salaries to a fund to help students in distress, and that other employees would be invited to do so on a voluntary basis. This means that employees will forgo the promised 2% pay increase, and if austerity measures do not work, job cuts will be on the table. He said that more than 53% of the electorate had voted on the package, and of those 90 percent, they voted « yes » and 10% no. The university has also committed to a long-term plan to recruit fewer staff for early retirement and voluntary redundancies. All temporary employees will have access to 17% of the ageing of employers until the end of the agreement. Those who are currently still on the super 9.5% see their super-increase in June 2021. It is important that temporary staff now have the right to be extended if work continues and there are no performance issues. Professor Black said that during this period, the university would develop a framework and support processes to propose voluntary measures to reduce the institution`s staff, such as voluntary or early retirement.
Travel restrictions on coronaviruses have faced a $30-34 million reduction in Sales from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) this year, leading to a proposal to freeze employees` salaries. Some employees will receive even more, with most casual academics receiving an additional 5.2% for the standard tutor rate, representing a total increase of 13.7% for this casual staff over the duration of the agreement. A salary increase of 1.8% per year (8.5% over the duration of the agreement) has been reinforced by a restructuring of classifications, where the overwhelming majority of agents will benefit from additional wage increases of between 1% and 2.4% due to incremental changes. The university has an agreement in principle between the two unions representing their staff – the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Community and the Public Sector Union (CPSU) – to freeze employees` salaries for the next 12 months.