27 September 2017

Members vote to reject Central Queensland University Enterprise Agreement 2017

QTU/AEU(Q) members have voted to reject the CQUniversity Enterprise Agreement 2017 in an electronic ballot which closed last night. QTU/AEU(Q) members employed at Central Queensland University were invited to participate in a union ballot to vote on whether they accept the CQUniversity Enterprise Agreement 2017. The ballot opened on Monday 18 September and closed at 9pm on Tuesday 26 September. At the close of the ballot, 61% of members voted in the ballot and 64% of those voted against accepting the proposed enterprise agreement.

The University will now undertake a ballot of employees as required by the legislation. The QTU/AEU(Q) strongly encourages members to cast a ‘no’ vote in the University’s ballot and it is crucial that members encourage their colleagues on site who are members of other unions, to also reject the offer.

If the employer ballot is successful however, and a majority of employees at CQUniversity vote in favour of accepting the proposed Central Queensland University Enterprise Agreement, the Fair Work commission will certify the agreement, despite the QTU/AEU(Q)’s rejection of the offer.

The outcome of the employer ballot will determine the role of the QTU/AEU(Q) in future negotiations in terms of consideration of the agreement by the Fair Work Commission.

QTU TAFE Executive will consider the outcome of the QTU/AEU(Q) ballot and provide further recommendations to senior officers of the QTU/AEU(Q). 

Leah Mertens
Acting General Secretary