The “agreement in principle” included an annual salary increase of 2.1 percent from July 1 of next year and a one-time payment of $500 for all temporary employees if the agreement is ratified by the Fair Work Commission.¬†We have retained all the benefits of the existing agreement and provided additional benefits that ensure that employees continue to receive first-level wages, benefits and working conditions,” he said. “It is important that, while there have been disagreements between the parties, the agreement is the result of constructive negotiations and open communication over the past six months to ensure that it takes into account the core concerns and interests of the university and staff.” The dispute appears to have been resolved following a decisive decision by the Fair Work Commission to terminate a business contract at Murdoch University in Western Australia. The statement said the university had committed to establishing a working group of union representation to address issues related to the retraining of casual workers to safer forms of employment. The statement signed by two union representatives and Dr. Spence called the agreement in principle “a great step forward for us as a university community.” The university issued a statement stating that the NTEU, the public sector union and Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence had signed a new three-year enterprise agreement. And the time to redeploy non-university staff, who have been laid off under the new agreement, would be reduced from 12 weeks to nine months until the end of December 2019. The conditions of employment at the UTS are determined by various laws, collective agreements, common law and university police, practice and statutes. This month, Dr. Spence said meetings with the union were deadlocked before asking employees for an informal vote on the enterprise agreement, including the 2.1 percent wage offer that the union has so far refused. University of Sydney staff unions have agreed on pay and conditions after six months of lengthy negotiations with university management.