To: Federal Minister for Education & WA Minister for Education

Murdoch University Shame

Dear Mr Birmingham and Mr Collier

*Simon Birmingham: http://www.senatorbirmingham.com.au/Contact
*WA Education Minister - Peter Collier: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

I am writing to express my concern at Murdoch University senior management's application to terminate the NTEU-negotiated Enterprise Agreement covering staff at the University.
It is my opinion that taking this alarming step demonstrates a lack of respect for the hard-working and dedicated staff who play such vital roles in the Murdoch community.
The application also poses a very real threat to the broader fabric and culture of our universities, and runs counter to many of the sector's core values.
In the interests of staff, students and their families at Murdoch University, and the university sector more broadly, please do the right thing by intervening in the process that is now underway at Murdoch University.
Please ACT NOW - Murdoch University's unconscionable conduct in trappling over the rights of staff cannot go unnoticed by the Australian public. Murdoch's submission could be before the Fair Work Commission at any time.
Murdoch University in Western Australia has applied to the Fair Work Commission to *terminate* the staff's ​entire ​Enterprise Agreement!! If successful, absolutely every single entitlement won by the the University Union, NTEU and the staff at Murdoch University over the past 20+ years would be wiped out and staff would revert to the award safety-net. It means this Australian University would be returning to the dark ages.
Among the many entitlements at risk:
*parental leave entitlements
*wages could be reduced by 25-39%
*reductions to redundancy entitlements
*workload regulations
Staff and their union are being victimised: NTEU WA Division Secretary, Gabe Gooding​,​ and NTEU industrial officer, Alex Cousner, are being personally sued by Murdoch University for making public statements critical of senior management​.​ They are facing ​fines of ​up to $170,000.

Please consider your constituents, many of who are directly affected by this archaic and low act of Murdoch.

Sincerely,

Why is this important?

A new low benchmark for all of us: Murdoch University is one of the first universities to kick off our national round of Enterprise Bargaining. It could affect other campuses and probably not stop there. Industries across the economy may feel emboldened to do the same or even worse.

email Eeva Leinonen VC of Murdoch University:
http://www.nteu.org.au/murdoch/thinkshame/letter_to_vc

Please ACT NOW - Murdoch University's unconscionable conduct in trappling over the rights of staff cannot go unnoticed by the Australian public. Murdoch's submission could be before the Fair Work Commission at any time.
Murdoch University in Western Australia has applied to the Fair Work Commission to *terminate* the staff's ​entire ​Enterprise Agreement!! If successful, absolutely every single entitlement won by the the University Union, NTEU and the staff at Murdoch University over the past 20+ years would be wiped out and staff would revert to the award safety-net. It means this Australian University would be returning to the dark ages.
Among the many entitlements at risk:
*parental leave entitlements
*wages could be reduced by 25-39%
*reductions to redundancy entitlements
*workload regulations
Staff and their union are being victimised: NTEU WA Division Secretary, Gabe Gooding​,​ and NTEU industrial officer, Alex Cousner, are being personally sued by Murdoch University for making public statements critical of senior management​.​ They are facing ​fines of ​up to $170,000.


Reasons for signing

  • This could set a terrible precedent for other unis and would make it possible for universities to blackmail staff to either accept loss of conditions or have their agreement terminated and their conditions forceable removed.
  • Murdoch have demonstrated a huge lack of respect for the hard-working and dedicated staff who play such vital roles in the Murdoch community. The application also poses a very real threat to the broader fabric and culture of our universities, and runs counter to many of the sector's core values

Updates

2017-10-15 09:48:09 +1100

50 signatures reached

2016-12-16 06:23:33 +1100

25 signatures reached

2016-12-15 20:43:59 +1100

10 signatures reached