Charles Sturt University (CSU) will continue to meet with members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations.
The University is offering a competitive salary increase that places it in the top quarter of Australian universities.
Data released by the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) shows that the 8.5% already paid by CSU as an interim salary increase, is greater than those salary increases granted by 29 other Australian universities at this point in time.
As part of negotiations the University has offered a 20% pay increase, compounding to 21.82%, for an enterprise agreement that concludes in September 2007. Over the life of the agreement, this represents a 4.7% average annual increase in salaries.
Comparative data for NSW universities indicates the average annual increase of the CSU pay offer is equal to, or greater than, that offered by four (4) other universities in the State. In addition, the 8.5% interim salary increase already paid by CSU is higher than the salary increases paid by six (6) NSW universities at this point in time.
The University had set dates with the NTEU for future bargaining meetings. In accordance with standard industrial practice the University did not proceed with a recent meeting in light of industrial action taken by the union.