There are still a number of important issues to be resolved, including wages, but we look forward to working constructively with the unions to bring all elements of our negotiations to a robust and modern agreement for the University of South Australia. Please note that these documents only reflect the current 2014 Enterprise Agreement and will be updated in accordance with the new 2019 Enterprise Agreement, when the new agreement is approved by employees and the Fair Work Commission. We are committed to positive and productive discussions in good faith with unions and strive to reach an agreement as effective as possible within a reasonable time frame that meets our mutual needs. The university worked on the details of the new enterprise agreement, as an agreement in principle on key issues was announced in December last year. It has taken longer than expected, but it is important that the details are developed, discussed and agreed to ensure that we have an agreement that puts the university in place for the future and that can be supported by all parties. National Employment Standards (NES) are 10 minimum employment rights that must be granted to all workers. NES are the minimum rights for workers in Australia. An increase, an employment contract, an enterprise agreement or other registered contract cannot provide for conditions below the NES and they cannot exclude the NES. At our last meeting on April 5, the NTEU presented an overview of its disaster report and the university outlined its key priorities for a new enterprise agreement. The university also provided an overview of the significant funding challenges we face in light of the changes announced by the Commonwealth government in December 2017.
University of South Australia Enterprise Agreement 2019 We are now meeting #15 after a short pause in discussions until October to move forward in developing the points on which we have reached agreements in principle. We continued the positive and constructive process between the university and the unions, which marked previous negotiations within UniSA. We discussed how the agreement can support flexibility, fairness, clarity and coherence. The search for a possible merger by UniSA and the University of Adelaide has no bearing on the negotiations.