23 Feb 2022 - EB update for CQU AEU(Q)/QTU members
The New Year has begun with a bit of a whimper with regards to getting bargaining under way.
The negotiations have been in hiatus since December 2021, with key negotiators on leave over Christmas and New Year.
The parties had intended to return to bargaining in February, but the university has requested that the recommencement of formal negotiations be delayed until the end of March.
This is for two reasons:
- There is an uptick in international student numbers as a result of the opening of our borders, and the forthcoming census data for HE studies will allow for a clearer view of current financials. This is a significant matter which affects the course of negotiations, as it is difficult to progress without a clear idea of the ongoing financial situation.
- Key university staff have resigned or retired, some of whom were negotiators for the university.
The AEU(Q)/QTU and the NTEU have both agreed to the delay.
In the interim, the AEU(Q)/QTU will be undertaking informal discussions with CQU to progress the VET specific clauses outstanding in negotiations. This includes settling the proposed classification restructure, the inclusion of a classification for the VET head of course, and the duties and working conditions of foundation educators.
Regardless of delays, significant progress was made in 2021. This includes professional development and currency for VET educators and agreement between the parties regarding the application of 17 per cent superannuation for all fixed term and continuing VET employees. Additionally, the parties are very close to resolving the issues around the end of year shutdown and the proposals for non-cumulative recreation leave.
We acknowledge that the negotiations have taken much longer than anticipated. This is due to circumstances that are well beyond the control of the parties, and I have no doubt that everyone will be looking for a prompt resolution in 2022 to provide you with certainty for the next few years.
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064