A new enterprise agreement for academics at Macquarie University appears imminent, with the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union putting a proposal to members. If they agree the union and management will jointly recommend terms to staff.
The deal is said to include a 2 per cent pay rise paid annually over the agreement and extending 17 per cent superannuation to fixed-term (but not casual) staff. There are also protections for academics who do not want to move to teaching-focused positions and a management guarantee that teaching-research staff will be 75 per cent of continuing FTE.
Staff signing-off on the deal would make it a fond farewell for branch president Alison Barnes, who is the NTEU’s incoming federal president.
Negotiations on a professional staff agreement are getting underway.