Human Resources

Part G - Workplace Relations Related Matters

54.   Workplace Relations Training Leave

54.1   An employee who is involved in recognised workplace relations activities, such as accredited short courses, seminars or conferences, shall be granted up to a maximum of 37.5 hours paid leave per calendar year for workplace relations training or similar courses or seminars as approved. However, leave of absence in excess of 37.5 and up to 75 hours may be granted in any 1 calendar year provided that the total leave being granted in that year and in the subsequent year does not exceed 75 hours.

54.2.1   Workplace relations training will be granted at the ordinary rate of pay and shall not include shift allowances, penalty rates or overtime.

54.2.2   Where a public holiday or rostered day off falls during the duration of a course, a day off in lieu of that day will not be granted.

54.3   Subject to subclause 54.1 of this Clause, shift workers attending a course shall be deemed to have worked the shifts they would have worked had leave not been taken to attend the course.

54.4   The granting of leave pursuant to the provisions of subclause 54.1 of this Clause is subject to the operation of the University not being unduly affected or inconvenienced.

54.5   Any application by an employee shall be submitted to the University for approval at least 4 weeks before the commencement of the course, provided that the employer may agree to a lesser period of notice.

54.5.1   All applications for leave shall provide details as to the subject, commencement date, length of course, venue and the Authority that is conducting the course.

54.6   A qualifying period of 12 months in University employment shall be served before an employee is eligible to attend courses or seminars of more than a half day duration. The Vice-Chancellor may, where special circumstances exist, approve an application to attend a course or seminar where an employee has less than 12 months University service.

54.7   The University shall not be liable for any expenses associated with an employee’s attendance at workplace relations training courses.

54.7.1   Leave of absence granted under this Clause shall include any necessary travelling time in normal working hours immediately before or after the course.

54.8   The provisions of this Clause shall not apply to casual employees.

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55.   Leave to Attend Workplace Relations Matters

55.1   The University shall grant paid leave during ordinary working hours to an employee:

55.1.1   Who is required to give evidence before any industrial tribunal;

55.1.2   Who is an employee representative of the employees and required to attend:

(a)   Negotiations and/or conferences with the University;

(b)   Joint employee/management consultative committees or working parties; or

(c)   Meetings preliminary to negotiations or industrial hearings, where the University has provided prior agreement.

55.2   The granting of leave pursuant to subclause 55.1 of this Clause shall only be approved:

55.2.1   Where an application for leave has been submitted by an employee a reasonable time in advance;

55.2.2   For the minimum period necessary;

55.2.3   For those employees whose attendance is essential;

55.2.4   When the operation of the University is not being unduly affected or inconvenienced.

55.3   Leave of absence will be granted at the ordinary rate of pay

55.3.1   The University shall not be liable for any expenses associated with an employee granted leave pursuant to subclause 55.1.

55.3.2   Leave of absence granted under this Clause shall include any necessary travelling time in normal working hours.

55.4   Nothing in this Clause shall diminish the existing arrangements relating to the granting of paid leave to attend workplace relations matters.

55.4.1   An employee shall not be entitled to paid leave to attend workplace relations matters other than as prescribed by this Clause.

55.4.2   The provisions of this Clause shall not apply to special arrangements made which provide for unpaid leave for employees to attend workplace relation matters.

55.5   The provisions of this Clause shall not apply when an employee is absent from work without the approval of the Head.

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56.   Right of Entry

56.1   The University and employees agree to comply with the right of entry provisions in the Act.

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57.   Union Representation

57.1   Where an employee covered by this Agreement requires assistance regarding their employment conditions, they may seek the assistance and support of a representative of a Union.

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Signatories

Signed for and on behalf of
The University of Western Australia
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  Vice-Chancellor
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Signed for and on behalf of the
Community and Public Sector Union
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Signed for and on behalf of
United Voice
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Signed for and on behalf of
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
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Address …………………………………………………
In the presence of …………………………………………………
Date : …………………
 
 
 
Signed for and on behalf of
The National Tertiary Education
Industry Union
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In the presence of …………………………………………………
Date : …………………