The management of the University of Wollongong (UOW) is asking union representatives to support an amendment to the enterprise agreement to minimise job losses as soon as the results of the recent staff survey are published. ”In order to take all possible steps to minimize job losses, I have asked the management team to submit to the Joint Advisory Committee a comprehensive draft amendment to The Enterprise Agreements for Option 1 to immediately verify whether our local staff representatives will accept this option. Local representatives on the University`s Joint Advisory Committee (JCC) have reached agreement on changes to enterprise agreements that will help UOW return to a sustainable financial position. Full-time equivalents under UOW`s university and professional agreements range from $49,977 to $182,845 per year and are between 17 and 56% above what is expected under the modern price. The planned salary increases will together add an additional $25 million to the university`s employment costs during this period. The survey, which invited staff to indicate their preferences based on three options available in order to achieve the employment savings necessary to put UOW back in a sustainable financial position, showed that a majority of participants wanted to maintain all of the current employment conditions under the university`s two enterprise agreements. Before introducing these amendments, the Vice-Chancellor will ask the University`s Joint Advisory Committee (JCC) – a forum for permanent consultation with the two workers` unions, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the National Union of Higher Education (NTEU) – to explore this possibility of saving jobs by supporting the alternative of the reflection agreement proposed to agents as option 1. The investigation was available to all employees covered by the two UOW Enterprise Agreements and was open from Wednesday, June 10 to Friday, June 12 at midnight. ”COVID-19 has profoundly changed our world, our economy and our higher education around the world. No university is immune to the global recession we are going through today, and doing nothing is not an option. Two of the three options proposed to achieve these savings were for different enterprise agreements, reducing wages between 5 and 10% for 18 months, between 7.5% and 15% for 12 months, depending on the level of wages, and reducing working time to a level of wage reduction.