A good deal of cooperation: Uni Adelaide and unions strike a bargain

It follows the basis of an agreement at Flinders U, yesterday

Uni Adelaide reports the terms for a proposed enterprise agreement, backed by management and campus unions.

The headline payrise is 13.2 per cent, compounding to 13.9 per cent, across July ’22-’25. (A 2 per cent administrative increase was paid last year).

As usual, the offer goes first to National Tertiary Education Union members and if they approve will be put to an all-staff vote. The Community and Public Sector Union has signalled in-principle support, subject to consultation with members.

The agreement would expire before the proposed merger with Uni SA is in place

The proposal includes new gender affirmation leave and time for people to deal with domestic and family violence, freezing casual academic numbers at 2021 levels and more continuing teaching roles.

All up, it appears similar to terms reported in CMM yesterday, agreed by the NTEU and Flinders U VC Colin Stirling.

In a message to staff Adelaide U’s lead negotiator DVC Jennie Shaw VC referred to “the positive, productive and respectful attitude maintained by all parties during the bargaining process,” which is pretty much what Professor Stirling said yesterday.

That two of the three SA public universities have successfully negotiated similar draft enterprise agreements without rancour could be a coincidence. But if the same follows at Uni SA it might indicate a strategy by the NTEU to reach similar agreements at multiple universities.