This week, those of you not covered by the Enterprise Agreement (EA) have received a proposed new employment contract from UniSuper. To make sure you are fully informed about your rights, we’re holding one on one briefings over the next week that you can sign up for here.
How does this new contract thing work?
As your employer, UniSuper can offer you an updated or amended employment contract at any time. Equally, at your initiative, you are entitled to seek to vary or renegotiate your contract. However, any changes that are made, regardless of who initiated them must be agreed by both parties.
By offering you a proposed new contract, UniSuper is commencing a negotiation with you to enter into new terms and conditions to cover your employment.
You are free to accept the new contract, request amendments to the proposed contract, or reject it and remain covered by your existing employment arrangement.
What’s happened so far?
At the start of this process, FSU members contacted us with two main issues:
- UniSuper was saying that you would not be eligible for a pay increase or a promotion or new role at the Fund unless you signed the new contract; and
- The proposed new contract stripped away many important entitlements.
Following extensive discussions between the FSU and UniSuper management, the FSU has secured important improvements in the proposed contract.
The FSU has won protection of your entitlements in critical areas like leave, redundancy, and restraint of trade.
We are excited to report that UniSuper has agreed to our demand to withdraw their threat to deprive you of a pay increase or promotion if you don’t sign the contract.
This means that you now have genuinely free choice about whether you want to sign this new contract, or remain on your existing employment contract.
Thanks to your Union community at UniSuper, we now have a much improved starting point for any discussions you wish to enter into about your employment contract.
Be informed and know your rights!
Now is the time to make sure you are fully informed about what is in UniSuper’s proposed new contract.
At these briefings, you will gain an understanding of what each clause means for you in practical terms, which parts are enforceable, and which parts may not be.
You’ve heard UniSuper’s view on these contracts, now come and hear an objective analysis from our industrial experts.
You have a choice!
The FSU community is committed to ensuring that you are properly informed in this process so that you can make free and informed decisions.
We are pleased that UniSuper has ultimately agreed to a number of our demands, and now it is time for you to make the decision that is best for you.
If you are not yet a member of our Union community at UniSuper, you can join here for assistance.
Your FSU Team