Rmit Enterprise Agreement 2010
In April and June 2010, Professor Bessant filed further complaints against Professor Hayward. In June 2010, this included formal notification of litigation under the current Enterprise Agreement on RMIT`s alleged failure to meet its legal health and safety obligations. In response to this complaint, RMIT hired an independent human resources consultant. The Advisor concluded that Professor Bessant`s complaints were unfounded, although there were deficiencies in the restructuring process that affected Professor Bessant. RMIT Chief Operating Officer Steve Somogyi said the university introduced the framework in response to the results of an employee survey in 2010. In accordance with the dispute settlement rules of the Enterprise Agreement, Professor Gardner formed a Committee to Resolve Issues. The result was a “liquidation and unblocking agreement” (agreement) where sichr had committed to take a number of measures to appease Professor Bessant, including physical transfer to another office. In 2009 and 2010, Professor Bessant filed a number of complaints about Professor Hayward. In particular, she claimed that Professor Hayward had harassed her and that she had not received a secure job. A formal complaint has been lodged with the regulator, various people within the RMIT, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and Professor Hayward himself. Staff have until April 13 to sign the framework. They are due to begin negotiating a new collective agreement with the university in July.
In 2010, RMIT launched an investigation into the financial viability of certain disciplines within the school. As head of the school, Professor Hayward committed to reorganizing the structure of the school and was ultimately responsible for a series of recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner. As part of this process, Professor Hayward wrote to Professor Gardner in March 2010 to indicate that Professor Bessant should be laid off as part of the restructuring. He indicated that this would help the school in its financial position. He also explained that he had proposed dismissing Professor Bessant for “a mixture of interpersonal, organizational and financial reasons.” He found that Professor Bessant had “a history of great labour disputes.” Fair Work Australia decided last week that RMIT had not breached its agreement with workplace staff by introducing the new behaviour requirements. The National Tertiary Education Union has appealed the decision, but has not yet been heard. Ms. Gale said the code threatened the ability of university and professional staff to do their jobs.
“We`re talking about a university community. People are supposed to be skeptical and wonder. That`s their job. Andrew Stewart, a law professor at the University of Adelaide, said it was reasonable for executives in other areas, such as sales, to expect positive behaviour from employees.