What happened was that the professionals, who are said to discourage most redundancies, strongly supported the necessary modification of their enterprise agreement, 66% were in favour, with a participation rate of 69%. However, 55% of academics, voters (56% of voters) were no. Where this comes from: The National Tertiary Education Union rejected the management`s proposal after the failure of discussions on the terms. Disagreements included a request by the union to guarantee the duration of an agreement without dismissal. (CMM July 28). The NTEU also wanted management to give its approval to an independent committee, including union representatives for savings on guardianship administration that Professor Evans will not support (CMM 22 May). The university had pledged to continue only if both groups voted “yes.” A key element of the proposal was a freeze on guaranteed wage increases in enterprise agreements, and Vice-Chancellor Carolyn Evans said: “It would simply be unfair and contrary to Griffith`s values if one group of employees received wage increases while the other was not.” Further discussions are under way: the Union and management are still blocked. Professor Evans says the $10 million that EA`s changes would have saved is now in addition to the $44 million in cuts management must make. “These wage savings are made in accordance with the provisions of current enterprise agreements,” she explains. This means that management must consult with staff and the NTEU. A COVID0-19 reduction management plan resulted in involuntary layoffs in exchange for a freeze on wage increases and temporary reductions in conditions.