A fork in the road for university enterprise bargaining?

By Elizabeth Baré, Ian Marshman, Teresa Tjia and Janet Beard.


The enterprise bargaining round that is about to commence for Australian universities provides a unique and important opportunity to articulate changing workforce expectations within institutional strategy, and to strengthen staff commitment and engagement based on longer-term thinking about workforce capacity.  In this paper, we propose six approaches to how enterprise bargaining might be done differently.

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Elizabeth Baré and Janet Beard are Honorary Senior Fellows of the LH Martin Institute and Teresa Tjia is an Honorary Fellow of the LH Martin Institute. Ian Marshman is Honorary Principal Fellow of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

The authors have worked many years in higher education at senior levels and draw on their experience and knowledge of the sector in writing this paper.

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