Une Enterprise Bargaining Agreement

Une Enterprise Bargaining Agreement

The UNE has two agreements; one that covers specialized staff and includes academic staff and English language teachers. The agreements are supported by a series of rules, procedures and policies of the UNE. These can be easily searched for keywords on the UNE-Directive website. The most important lesson I have learned from this experience is to do everything in its power to address a decrepit membership. It was the withdrawal of members that was their greatest enemy – apart from the two tangible enemies of management and union bosses – in collective bargaining. Before this «COVID Cave-in» by the NTEU, I thought that THE members of the UNE (and non-members) would need by the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021 to find out who is telling them the truth and learning their lesson lesson. But the COVID`s inseception could have made such a conclusion. The University of New England branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) will meet today to discuss further union action after more than a week of strikes during enterprise negotiations. AM: The new enterprise agreement was put to the vote of all UN staff at the beginning of the year. What arguments did the national executive and the UN leadership use during the vote to advance the agreement? And how did the UN branch argue for a «no» when it was our own union that pushed the agreement forward? «When similar models were introduced at other universities, this was done with the agreement of the NTEU and its members to negotiate companies,» said the UNE spokesman.

This is a third round for this year`s industrial wrestling at UNE, with the Union and management each winning one. But in January, the Fair Work Commission informed management that it could not change the academic workload in an existing school simply because it was transferred to a new faculty (CMM January18). But last month, the Commission backed the administration in a case where it was about what the existing enterprise agreement should have said about fees for casual teaching professionals, contrary to what it actually did. NTEs and casual academics who teach online at the School of Education (CMM) have been lost. AM: The time-based academic workload model, which is used in most Australian universities and wanted to introduce THE UNE, is notoriously ineffective. In June 2019, UNION members of the UNE took strike action to defend the limitation of the school load and the EFTSL workload model. In August 2019, union members were increasing pressure on management by banning work for online tutorials and typing evaluation results. It was on this point that the NTEU`s national office intervened in the negotiations at the UNE.

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