Enterprise Bargaining – Our Future Matters
We all know that delivering quality higher education is becoming increasingly competitive here in Western Australia, nationally and overseas.
The announcement by the Australian Government on 3 May to cut funding to Australian universities makes it even more challenging for Murdoch, given our own financial performance.
The competition we face is not just for funding.
It’s also about attracting and retaining students and academic and professional staff.
The VC has made it clear that we have a five-year challenge to build financial viability and then we will move to 10-year horizon filled with optimism.
This is part of our ‘Strategic Refresh’ and why it is more important than ever that Murdoch has the right policies and systems to help us compete and secure a sustainable and prosperous future.
A lot of work is being done to re-set our compass and chart a course for the University we want to be, building on our heritage and realising our potential as a world-class university.
Having an Enterprise Agreement that is simple, modern and fair to the employee and the employer is fundamental to achieving that goal.
Our current Enterprise Agreement is large, unnecessarily complex and out of touch in the current environment.
As you know we have sought to terminate our current Enterprise Agreement, following many months of negotiations with little achieved.
We believe that termination of the current Enterprise Agreement will assist the parties reset negotiations from a more workable starting point.
Importantly, we have made Undertakings to our people to maintain take home pay and key benefits for six months in the event the Enterprise Agreement is terminated.
And, without question, we will treat people fairly through the negotiation process.
It is inevitable that the future will bring change, but it is change that needs to be embraced.
We need to find new ways of running our University so that it is viable in the long term, whilst maintaining academic excellence and delivering quality teaching.
I encourage you take an interest in this important issue and please use the feedback forms on this website if you need further information or want to provide feedback.
Having the right Enterprise Agreement for our times is vital. Our Future Matters.