2.5 Union Representation

2.5 Union Representation

2.5.1 The University recognises that Unions are the legitimate representatives of those Staff who are their members and will provide the following support for Union activities.

Union Meetings

2.5.2 Unions may hold meetings of members on the premises of the University. Adequate notice will be given to the University of the intention to hold a Union meeting. Union meetings will be held during meal or other work breaks and may only be held during working hours if agreed between the Union and the University.


2.5.3 Subject to availability and the negotiation of a commercial lease the University will provide accessible on-campus office space, with reasonable facilities, for Union representatives and officials. The University will also provide access to one notice board in each University building for materials authorised by the Union.

Time Release

2.5.4 A Staff Member who has been appointed as a Union representative will be allowed reasonable time to carry out responsibilities incurred as a result of the implementation of this Agreement. Staff Members will suffer no reduction in salary or conditions as a consequence of this time release.

2.5.5 In the interest of promoting active participation in the implementation of this Agreement and the processes of the Macquarie University Consultative Committee, the University agrees to provide the following time release on the condition that the President does not access time release under any other industrial instrument:

(a) 20 per cent time release to the President (or nominated delegate) of the CPSU Branch;

(b) 20 per cent time release to the President (or nominated delegate) of the NTEU Branch.

2.5.6 Union Branch Presidents (or their nominated delegates) who have been granted time release will be considered on duty for that time and will not be disadvantaged as a result.

2.5.7 A Union representative will be considered to be on duty where they are required to attend an industrial tribunal as a participant or witness where the University is a party to the proceedings.

Leave to Attend Trade Union Courses

2.5.8 The University will grant both the CPSU and the NTEU up to 30 days of paid leave per year for Staff nominated by their respective Branch President to attend trade union training courses and conferences. Leave will be granted on the basis that a nominated Staff Member will not take more than two consecutive days within a limit of five days per calendar year. Such leave will count as service for all purposes and will be provided on the basis that the nominated Staff Members do not access leave under any other industrial instrument.

Secondment to Unions

2.5.9 The University may agree to the Secondment of a Staff Member to the Staff Member's Union for up to six months in the first instance and, if agreed, for a further period of up to 12 months. The Union is required to meet all costs of the secondment, including salary, superannuation and salary on costs.

2.5.10 Service while on Secondment to the Union will count as continuing service for leave and incremental purposes.

Payroll Deduction of Union Dues

2.5.11 At the written request of a Staff Member, the University will provide for the deduction of trade union dues and levies from salary and the forwarding of these by the University to the Union at no charge.

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