Last year, Macquarie University management hired consulting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of support and administration services across the university. The stated aim of the review was to achieve ‘cost… and structural improvement’, which we know is management-speak for restructure and potential job loss.
Recommendations in the final report have so far been kept secret from staff and the Union. Members decided to persue the matter, making an application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act. When this was refused, the Union referred the matter to the NSW Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC).
NTEU members demand management release the report in question, and come clean about any plans to cut jobs. It is outrageous that a public institution is not releasing this information, and the Information Commissioner confirmed our view on this – there is no public interest reason for the decision to keep this information secret.
There are strong rumours that up to 60 support staff jobs are going. We are also hearing that staff are being bullied to take voluntary redundancy. Considering the university’s vice-chancellor [Steven Schwartz] is the highest paid in the country earning $1.1 million per annum, we think there is room for staff to stay.
Every institution needs checks and balances and Macquarie University is no different. We will continue to follow this issue through.