High cost of counsel

So how much did Murdoch University pay for its win in the Fair Work Commission, which ruled it could cancel wages and conditions specified in its expired staff agreement?

Yesterday CMM reported the losing National Tertiary Education Union spent $870 000 on legal fees in the case but Murdoch U isn’t saying what the win cost. “It is not Murdoch University’s practice to disclose legal costs. However, the costs of any litigation are substantial and that’s why it has always been the university’s preference to resolve this situation through good faith bargaining.” Good-o, but the university did rather bring on the blue by going to the FWC during enterprise bargaining for a new agreement. Murdoch U now says it will engage with the union “in the coming weeks” and hopes to have an agreement by year end.


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