The details aren’t always in the detail
Macquarie U’s professional staff enterprise agreement was successfully negotiated, and signed off by the Fair Work Commission on December 28. So, it was still fresh in everybody’s mind when management had to go back to the FWC seeking variations. The problems are omissions and errors in the celebrated clause 45.14 with regard to calculating severance pay for people with three to four years and four to five years of service. The union is fine with the change and the FWC has duly ticked it.
Given the trackless wastes of rules and requirements in enterprise agreements it amazes CMM that universities aren’t in the commission asking for variations more often.