71.1 The University is committed to providing job security for its staff. Noting that the University conducted a Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme in 2013, and recognising that the higher education sector is both challenging and changing, over the life of the Agreement the University commits to consult with staff on its operations and strategies.
71.2 Timely and effective consultation processes with unions on change proposals and implementation will be undertaken consistent with the Managing Change clause 73 in the Agreement.
71.3 Any reductions in staffing will be effected through natural attrition, voluntary separations, fixed-term pre-retirement agreements, , voluntary conversion to part time work, secondment or transfer.
71.4 The University will only offer redundancies in exceptional circumstances and consistent with the managing change, redeployment and redundancy provisions in clauses 58.