After seven months of negotiations with the NTEU, Murdoch University took the unprecedented step on December 9th of applying to the Fair Work Commission to terminate the collective bargaining agreement between the union and the University.
This marks the first time an Australian university has sought to terminate an agreement. It follows in the footsteps of Griffin Coal, whose successful application to the FWC to terminate the union agreement has substantially reduced employee wages. Apparently, Murdoch management has determined that its staff belong on Santa’s naughty list. Is it just a coincidence, or has Murdoch teamed up with Griffin to deliver university staff a great big “lump of coal” just in time for Christmas?