On June 26, all staff will vote on the proposal to amend the UWA Academic, Professional and General Staff Agreement 2017, which covers payment and conditions. The proposed amendment provides for a two-week COVID-19 leave paid for all workers and guarantees income-related assistance for any permanent employee who has resigned due to the effects of COVID-19 (public university staff have been excluded from the federal government`s jobkeeper system). In addition, a six-month increase will be imposed in January 2021 and the payment of the annual vacation expense to employees will be cancelled this year. In an NTEU-Fightback-UWA leaflet, it was said: The Vice-Chancellor of the UWA and the national directorate of the NTEU “sold the modification of the enterprise agreement to avoid job cuts”, but the provisions of the EAV explicitly authorize “forced dismissals, the protection for casual cases being low and not applying, unless these casual players can demonstrate a “reasonable anticipation” of the work in progress which is almost impossible in practice.” See also non-union vote at the University of Melbourne`s Victory for University of University as Murdoch University case against Schroeder-Turk You say that the proposed change adds up to a 10% pay cut of up to $247 per fourteen days for some employees and a salary cut of up to $6420 per year for professional employees. NTEU members who oppose VAAs are concerned that treaty change will not save jobs, but show management that workers are simple goals. They produced a video that advertises the “no” case. It was preceded by negotiations between UWA and NTEU leaders under the union`s Employment Protection Framework (JPF). UWA was one of the few universities to be part of it. Meanwhile, some trade union officials have been attacked at the industry and Member State level for refusing to release documents indicating the “no” case.
Chris Grant, a UWA-based member, said: “The online ballot had links to the `yes` campaign on its website, but it didn`t have the opportunity to put the [no] position. They have also repeatedly refused to accept our proposals at branch meetings. In addition, UWA had $2.1 billion in assets and a consolidated operating budget of $121 million last year, meaning it could easily afford to absorb the costs of the pandemic crisis.