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									Enterprise Bargaining
Agreement 2006-2008
Bec Munn
& Richard Williams
17 March 2006
A bit of background
 Swinburne currently has in place a certified agreement
 that has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2006
 This agreement covers Academic and General staff
 The Federal Government released a set of
 requirements last year called Higher Education
 Workplace Relations Requirements (HEWRRs)
 These requirements must be complied with to receive
 additional funding to the base Commonwealth Grant
 Scheme ($3million)
A bit of background -cont
 The University complied with HEWRRs in 2005
 The University has to comply with HEWRRs again in
 2006, this means a replacement HEWRR compliant
 agreement, practices and policies in place by 31
 August 2006
 The Minister for Education Science and Training has
 absolute discretion in deciding if universities are
 compliant
HEWRRs – what are they?
 1. Choice in agreement making
 2. Direct relationships with employees
 3. Workplace flexibility
 4. Productivity and performance
 5. Freedom of association
 We now have a range of other Australian agreements
 determined to be HEWRR compliant in 2006 that we
 are able to look at for model clauses
What we have done
 Set up an EBA feedback web page seeking staff views
 Commenced discussion with various groups at
 Swinburne
 Met with the union to talk about reaching agreement
 quickly. The union were keen to achieve agreement
 prior to the Federal Government’s Work Choices
 legislation being implemented
 The aim was to achieve a HEWRR compliant
 agreement, with minimum changes to entitlements with
 a fair pay quantum
What we have done -cont
 Had an extraordinary week of negotiations to reach
 agreement with staff representatives and the union
 Received feedback from DEST during negotiations on
 an early version of the agreement and adjusted
 accordingly
 The agreement was sent out Monday 13 March 2006
 for your consideration
 We will conduct an electronic a voting process on 28
 March
Key aspects to the new agreement
 Term - 1 July 2006 - 30 September 2008
 Pay Increases totalling 7%
    5% April 2006 (under current agreement)
    2% April 2007
    2% April 2008
    3% September 2008
 Closed and Comprehensive Agreement
 Aims to be HEWRR compliant – no guarantee
Pay quantum
We think the pay quantum is:
   Sustainable - IF we are HEWRR compliant
   Fair - compares well within and outside the sector
   Competitive – keeps our minimum salary costs
    competitive (whilst still allowing us to pay what the
    market asks)
   A good outcome, balancing all the other pressures
    Swinburne and all universities are under
          Salary comparisons (based on Academic B6)
          Deakin University            La Trobe University                  Monash University
          RMIT University              Swinburne University of Technology   University of Ballarat###
          University of Melbourne***   Victorian College of the Arts        Victoria University##


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Probation
 Clause11 (old clause 17)
 Less process required
 6 month probation applicable for all HEW staff
 (consistent with Work Choices legislation –allows more
 time for improvement)
 No change to Academic probation
Swinburne Consultative Committee
 Clause 48 (old clause 70)
 Forum for formal consultation over the implementation
 of the EBA
 Direct representation of elected staff
 SCC is larger than old JCC –more/broader views
 Up to two persons nominated by NTEU
 Clearer definition of consultation
Fixed Term Contracts
 Clause 10 (old clause 11 and 16)
 Increased flexibility to offer fixed term contracts
                     BUT
 Increased severance payments in these circumstances
                     AND
 Pro-rata entitlement to LSL in these circumstances
Redundancy
 Clauses 18-19 (old clauses 25-26)

 NO CHANGE TO ENTITLEMENTS!!!!
 Academic review process conducted by independent
 external person
Annual Leave –academic staff only
 No change to actual annual leave entitlement
 Opportunity for the University to manage excessive
 annual leave balances (ie. Those balance over 40
 days)
 University can direct academic staff to take their annual
 leave, and to deduct annual leave if not taken within
 prescribed time lines
Classification Review
 Clause 29 (old clause 27)
 Now a review panel
 Smaller panel (can seek assistance)
 Opportunity to appeal remains
 All new positions to be reviewed within 12 months
 provision remains
Representation
 No automatic third party representation
 Agreement on eg. Hours of work outside normal span
 can be agreed directly with staff member
 No automatic notification to union on any matter
 ‘Representative’ defined
Clauses removed
 Weight loss program -161 pages down to 60!
 Clauses 8, 9, 10 removed (blue sky clauses)
 Clauses 11, 12, 13 collapsed into one
 PBC clause 20 removed
 Leave clauses (42-48) collapsed, 50-58 also collapsed
 Clauses 71-73 removed
 HEW descriptors removed
 Simplification of allowance clauses
Simpler, easier to read and understand
We think the new document is:
     Written in simpler language (less IR jargon)
     More streamlined and less repetitive
     Arranged more clearly
     Easier to use and understand
     Flexible enough for us to reward high performers
     HEWRR compliant
How to vote
 To be conducted on 28 March 2006
 Voting time is between 8am and 2pm
 Vote via the EWSS –password log in, click yes or no
    only able to vote once
    cannot change your vote
    only Academic and General staff are able to vote
 No identifying information is provided for the count
 Scrutineers invited to be present at count
What next?
 For the agreement to proceed to certification, a majority
 of staff that vote for the agreement must vote yes
 If the majority vote is no, the agreement will not
 proceed to certification
Work Choices?
 Whilst we are still a little unclear on how the agreement
 will need to change to adhere to the new Work
 Choices legislation, the ‘certification’ process is
 different, and we understand more clauses will need to
 be removed from any new agreement we seek to
 replace our current agreement with
 It is expected Work Choices will be introduced either
 late March or early April
Questions



            Thank you!!
Enterprise Bargaining
Agreement 2006-2008
Bec Munn
& Richard Williams
17 March 2006

								
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