Enterprise Bargaining

Dear Colleagues

In the past week JCU has been holding information sessions with staff to explain the terms of the Enterprise Agreement. We thank all staff who have attended these sessions.

The ballot for the Enterprise Agreement will open on Wednesday 16 October 2013 at 9:00am and will close on Friday 18 October 2013 at 5:00pm.

This is your chance to decide whether you approve of the new terms, conditions and salary increases in the Agreement or not.

We would urge all of you to cast a vote. Details of how you can vote is in the attached Information Sheet.

The ballot will be conducted by an independent third party - Elections Australia. They are a professional organisation who oversee hundreds of ballots per year including for major organisations. They will ensure that your vote cannot be identified and that the ballot process is accurate.

The Enterprise Agreement will be approved by staff if a simple majority of 50% plus one of those who cast a valid ballot vote Yes.

We will inform you of the outcome of the ballot as soon as possible after the ballot closes.

If the Enterprise Agreement is approved by staff it will then be submitted to the Fair Work Commission for approval.

As we have previously outlined, if the Enterprise Agreement is approved by staff, JCU will pay the 0.4% (being the difference between the 2.6% administrative increase and the 3% payable under the Enterprise Agreement) in the pay period ending 1 November 2013, in good faith before Fair Work Commission approves the Agreement.

Seven days after approval by FWC, the new Enterprise Agreement will come into effect.

Regards

Robyn McGuiggan

Professor Robyn McGuiggan

PhD,MCom,BSc(Hons)

Pro Vice Chancellor
Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts