Victoria University impasse on fair pay for general staff

Posted By TEU on Aug 11, 2016 | 1 comment

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 28

Employment negotiations for people working at Victoria University have reached an impasse.

TEU deputy secretary Nanette Cormack says that the university wants to introduce a new pay model for people who are general staff.

“Victoria says its new pay model is conditional on us agreeing that we will never negotiate the rates of pay in the ranges in the future. Rather, it wants to decide these ranges unilaterally.”

Cormack says the university also does not want to give general staff who are paid in ranges of rates a minimum increment, even  this year while the two sides work on a new framework for personal development and progression.

“It is unacceptable that Victoria would require that people give up their right to negotiate pay,” says Cormack.

Everyone else in the university – academics, research assistants and fellows, caretakers, heads of schools and tutors – all have the right to negotiate not just their annual pay increase but also what the rate of pay for the job is.

Cormack says that the university is asking people who are general staff to simply accept whatever ‘the market’ decides as suitable pay for their role, with no say in how pay ranges are arrived at.

TEU is holding a paid union meeting on Tuesday 23 August to discuss the negotiations. Union members are entitled to attend this meeting, on pay, and then take their usual lunch break.

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