UNIVERSITY of Ballarat academics have written an open letter to vice-chancellor David Battersby about the delay in settling the pay negotiations and increased demands on staff.
The university’s School of Education and Arts lecturer, Jenene Burke, Wendy Rechenberg and Sara Weuffen have urged Professor Battersby to accelerate staff pay negotiations.
They were joined by School of Health Sciences lecturer Rebecca Peel.
“I wish to support my colleagues in the NTEU in raising some issues of concern that affect all of us,” Dr Burke, Ms Rechenberg, Ms Weuffen and Ms Peel said.
“I am disappointed with the pace of negotiations in pursuit of a new enterprise agreement to cover the period 2012-2016.
“These negotiations have now lasted some seven months, or 10 months since the unions presented their logs of claims.”
The lecturers said they knew what time and resources the unions had poured into the negotiations.
“I urge you to remember that the university is its people,” they said.
“All these people deserve to have their value recognised and rewarded. This is what the unions are trying to ensure.”
The three also raised concerned about the increased demands and the stress on the staff.
“The merger with Gippsland means we will have to understand and provide for differences in work culture, workloads ... as well as collaborating with new colleagues at a distant campus,” they said.
“Many people at UB are already struggling under high workloads and dealing with complex issues.”
They said a decline in research promotion and achievements along with the university’s push to increase teaching loads would ultimately harm the university’s reputation.