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Vice-Chancellor signs University workplace agreement


11 December 2003

The University of Sydney today announced comprehensive staff benefits under its new Enterprise Agreement with the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)

Under the new agreement staff will receive a 20 per cent pay increase over the next three years and will be entitled to generous parental leave provisions.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown, described the agreement as both generous and flexible.

"This agreement underlines the University's commitment to all our staff and their broader family lives. Just as we believe in providing the best in teaching and research, we also believe in providing a caring and sharing work environment," he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said the agreement is also significant because it provides for an unprecedented number of senior staff to be completely outside the Employment Agreement, thus ensuring a modern flexible workplace.

Note: The University of Sydney has just been recognised as an employer of choice for women - one of only 114 workplaces in Australia to receive that recognition by the Commonwealth Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA)

Picture of university officials and union representatives at signing of enterprise agreement.
Picture of university officials and union representatives at signing of enterprise agreement.

Pictured, back row left to right:
NTEU staff representatives Dr Suzanne Jamieson and Michael Thompson, University of Sydney Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Employee Relations) Professor Michael Fry, and Professor Anne Brewer (assistant PVC); seated: Grahame McCulloch, NTEU General Secretary, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown.