-The current Australian National University Enterprise Agreement protects academic freedom (paragraph 21). Branch President Steve Adams says the union has hebuffed a management push for separate agreements for academic and professional staff and stopped “the removal of academic freedom from the agreement, (management has long argued the university explicitly protects free speech). But one thing that interests voters was not announced by the union on Friday – pay increases. CMM says the agreement is 2.09 percent per year. In July, the NTEU claimed 2.3 percent on an annual basis and the university offered 1.7 percent. -The University of Adelaide also protects academic freedom in its current enterprise contract (paragraph 2.6). -The University of New South Wales recognizes academic freedom in its code of conduct and protects freedom of thought in its agreement on university staff (paragraph 23). -The University of Sydney has a charter of academic freedom and also protects freedom of thought in its current enterprise contract (Article 315). It is now time to broaden the understanding of academic freedom and institutionally support its status. Any attempt to remove the principle of academic freedom from agreements concerning personnel enterprises should be interpreted as a dilution of its protection.
But it seems unlikely that this will happen, despite the union`s assertions to do so. However, management proposes to change the terminology of the enterprise agreement from the current recognition of intellectual freedom as a fundamental principle of the university (Article 10) to a shorter recognition of the obligation for the University of Academic Freedom, as stipulated by its Council regulations. Some University of Melbourne employees are going on strike today. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) says the strike covers two issues, one of which is academic freedom. The other is management`s attempt to develop two separate enterprise agreements, one for academic staff and one for professional staff. The union argues that the university is trying to remove from the agreement the current protection of academic and intellectual freedom. If that is the case, it might be the first time that a strike has taken place at an Australian university because of this particular issue. These agreements have led to the protection of academic freedom – also known as intellectual freedom – in all Australian universities, often through a combination of governance policies and enterprise agreements. Adams also says that the union`s objectives across the country, including improving job security for temporary and casual workers, as well as improving redundancy provisions, are being achieved.
Management`s agreement to extend the 17 per cent superannuation to all permanent employees is consistent with the results of negotiations at other universities. The EU and the management of the University of Melbourne have reached an agreement on the working conditions of a new enterprise agreement, including a pay rise for compromises. In Australian universities, academic freedom is regularly recognized as an important principle, rooted in a series of governance policies. It`s a deserved win for both sides. Duncan Maskell will take over from the VC in October and may not want to settle for a non-departure. The union`s vice-president, Christian Haesemeyer, appears on Colin Long`s post for the NTEU election, which begins now, for the vice-president of the (academic) state. A successful pricing campaign at UniMelbourne sends a strong signal to voters. . And rightly so. For example, in 2016, academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for calling the Australian flag a racist, which many saw as an extension of the university.