Jobs Protection Framework – Staff ballot result for proposed variation

The Monash University staff ballot on the proposed variation to the Monash Enterprise Agreement concluded yesterday.

89.34 per cent of the eligible staff who participated in the independent ballot voted yes.

The proposal was negotiated between Monash and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), and based on the Jobs Protection Framework.

The proposed variation allows the University to access an agreed set of measures to minimise job losses and bridge the projected revenue loss in 2020 and 2021 as a result of COVID-19.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC expressed her sincere gratitude to staff for their support during what has been an unexpected and difficult situation.

“By choosing to support the variation, you have enabled us to begin the path to recovery and, most importantly, save 190 jobs,” she said.

The proposed variation will soon be lodged with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and, if approved, will come into operation from the date of approval by the FWC, which is expected to be in July. The temporary measures will apply until the proposal expires on 30 June 2021.

To view Professor Gardner’s email to staff, see here.