For our professors at the English Language Centre and Macquarie University International College, this is just the beginning. For the members of these organizations, a new agreement is to be negotiated in early 2019 and this process will begin very soon. We`ll be setting up member meetings soon, so stay tuned. And because of their status as a private university, their marketing resonates strongly with North American students who dominate enrollment. As in the vote of the academic staff, more than 1,000 professionals voted in the negotiation vote of the companies, which took place just before Christmas. It was a fantastic participation and highlighted the great interest in the results of the negotiations. Your branch hopes to translate this interest into stronger union activism and membership in 2019. NTEU Macquarie Branch will provide regular updates for members as we advance the implementation phases of our new agreement. In the meantime, you can contact the Macquarie Branch for more information about your rights and claims under the new EA. The new academic enterprise agreement provides for the creation of a family of teachers and executives. NTEU is keen to see this family of jobs created as soon as possible, especially as a number of casual workers in Macquarie will find permanent employment. 5 Macquarie Casual Employees will be recruited through December 2018 in one of these ongoing roles and 20 others during the term of the agreement Both the Academic and Professional Staff Business Agreements provide for the creation of an Academic Committee (ASIC) and a Professional Staff Advisory Committee (PSIC).
These committees are composed equally of trade union and management representatives and are responsible for the ongoing monitoring and implementation of the agreements. They are also important forums for discussing a large number of issues and concerns in the workplace. This authorization was an astonishing result for macquarie NTEU Branch and resulted in the academic and professional staff agreements being synchronized again, as they expire on December 31, 2021. It is important that, in the next round of negotiations between companies, negotiations between academic and professional staff are unified and that we renegotiate together. And in fleeing the coronavirus, Bond drew attention to its unique status and relative security from a drop in revenue that proved to be a weak point in the business model of public universities. Between Christmas and New Year, the new agreement on qualified personnel was then approved by the Fair Work Commission in record time. This means that all conditions and claims of professional staff are now governed by this new agreement. . . .