The university has reached an agreement in principle between the two unions representing their employees – the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) – to freeze employees` salaries for the next 12 months. The university has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with Vice Chancellor Rufus Black revealing earlier this month that the institution has faced revenue losses of $US 30 million to 34 million in 2020 and between 60 and 100 million $US per year in 2021 and 2022. Professor Black said there would be no impact on the university`s research capacity or the quality of its courses. A salary increase of 1.8% per year (8.5% during the term of the agreement) has been reinforced by a restructuring of classifications, under which the vast majority of employees will receive additional salary increases of between 1% and 2.4% through changes in increases. Professor Black said the shortfall for intergovernmental students would be “a much smaller component” of the university`s total losses. The university has projected losses of up to $120 million per year over the next three years. All temporary employees will have access to an employer`s pension of 17% until the end of the agreement. Those who are currently on the 9.5% Super will increase their superannuation in June 2021. It is important that temporary staff are now entitled to an extension if the work continues and there are no performance problems. Please note that leave requests are reported in hours (not days). To calculate the number of days equivalent to full-time equivalents (RTD), you need to divide by your standard working time.
For an academic, it is 7.5 hours per day of RTD and for a professional, 7.35 hours per day of RTD. He said more than 53 percent of authorized employees voted on the package and 90 percent of them voted “yes” and 10 percent “no.” If union members agree to the wage freeze, it will be put to the vote about a week later by other university employees. He also said the university would continue its revenue diversification plan by not relying as much on international students. The university`s finances will now fall into the red. Some employees receive even more, with most casual university employees receiving an additional 5.2% for the standard tutor rate, which increases the full 13.7% increase for these casual employees during the term of the agreement. Professor Black said that during this period, the university would develop a framework and support processes to offer voluntary measures to reduce the institution`s staff, such as early retirement or voluntary layoffs. The university usually welcomes about 6,000 international students per year. The university has also embarked on a long-term plan to recruit fewer staff offering early retirement and voluntary layoffs.
This means that employees will give up the promised 2% wage increase and if austerity measures do not work, job cuts will be on the table. The agreement also set out the conditions for staff working at the new UTAS College and clarified the conditions and expectations of University College staff. . . .