Dear colleagues,

I'm pleased to advise you that negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement for UQ staff recently commenced.  

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the University's broad priorities for our new Agreement. These priorities reflect issues that have been raised about the operation of the current Agreement and also our consideration of the current and future context for the university sector.

UQ is an outstanding university ranking well within the top 100 universities worldwide with a 50,000-plus strong student community and more than 7,000 academic and professional staff. We pride ourselves on our significant research capability and outcomes and on delivering a student experience of the highest quality. We are successful because of the hard work and ongoing pursuit of excellence by our staff.

While the Enterprise Agreement in itself is not the key driver of our collective and individual success, it provides arrangements which underpin the staff experience at UQ, forming an important component of the structural factors we rely upon to be successful.

The new Agreement will provide the conditions of employment for eligible academic and professional staff and for Language Teachers in the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education.

Securing our continued success
In the simplest of terms, UQ is seeking an Enterprise Agreement which secures our continued success. We wish to use continued and improved performance to secure the employment of our staff to the greatest extent possible. Aligned with that ambition, we wish to recognise good performance and allow for the timely and fair management of under-performance. We are seeking to support a workplace in which staff can develop and prosper and be treated fairly and with respect whilst always seeking to serve our students and other external stakeholders as best as we possibly can.

Our Agreement should describe benefits in a way that is easily understood by all staff who look to the Agreement for clear information and guidance as opposed to being more confused after reading it.

We are also seeking to remove detailed prescription and repetition from the Agreement and provisions which slow down our academic and operational progress. Our approach will be sensible and reasonable.

An important part of these negotiations is the consideration of salary increases and changes to conditions of employment which affect the staff experience at UQ.

The University's salary offer will have regard to current economic conditions, community expectations and crucially the University's financial position, including the impact of the May Federal budget, to provide salaries for the next few years that are fair, sustainable and aligned with community standards.

Please see the University's Objectives for more detail.

Our Enterprise Agreement team
In discussions over the new Agreement, I'm pleased to advise that the University will be represented by two Senior Executive  members, namely our Provost (Professor Aidan Byrne), and our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Professor Alan Rix). Our Enterprise Agreement team also comprises our Director, Human Resources (Jane Banney), Associate Director, Workplace Relations (Anthony Lennon), and Senior HR Employee Relations Consultant (Anne-Maree Waugh). To ensure that the university's position is informed by appropriate additional expertise, other senior staff will, as required, participate in the discussions from time to time.

Bargaining meetings are scheduled weekly. Unions who are party to the negotiations are the National Tertiary Education Union, Together, the Australian Services Union and United Voice. Four staff members have also nominated to participate in the negotiations as individual bargaining representatives and we welcome their participation.

Professor Byrne will be in touch with you with further details, including some of the specific changes that we wish to make to employment conditions.

How you can stay informed and be involved
Our Enterprise Agreement team will be providing you with regular progress updates.

I also encourage you to:

  • make comments, ask questions and provide feedback to the Enterprise agreement team via EBFeedback@uq.edu.au
  • visit the University's enterprise bargaining webpage for further information and updates at www.hr.uq.edu.au/eb

 

Regards

Peter


Professor Peter Høj                                               
Vice-Chancellor and President                            
The University of Queensland                              
Brisbane  Qld  4072                                               
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