NTEU National Office
On Thursday 3 July, the NTEU hosted the first of its series of NTEU Expert Seminars. Australian academic Robyn May (currently working at Melbourne University) talked with National President Jeannie Rea about the state of academic casualisation in Australia and how casualisation of academic work is contributing to a deprofessionalisation of the academic profession.
Around 16 people attended the seminar in Melbourne and almost the same number joined the discussion via Twitter with #auscasuals.
Robyn’s research on the casualisation of academic work in Australia was part of the ARC Linkage project ‘Gender and Employment Equity: Strategies for advancement in Australian universities’, based at Griffith University and led by Professor Glenda Strachan. NTEU was an industry partner on the research
Despite the Coalition’s promises to the contrary prior to the 2013 Federal Election, the 2014-15 Federal Budget presented some of the most dramatic changes to higher education in over a generation. It also laid a blue print for a fundamentally different approach to social investment and welfare. Public spending in many traditional areas has been slashed and community organisations, charities, families and individuals are scrambling to fill the void. While these changes will affect most people in some way or other, casual workers at Australian universities will face particularly challenging circumstances.
For casuals who are combining work with study at the undergraduate level, the announcements will see government funding for courses cut by 20 per cent, the deregulation of university fees and for the first time, the charging of market interest rates on outstanding
I was very fortunate to be invited to attend and to present my research on academic casualisation in Australia at the 41st Annual Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, hosted by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions (NCSCBHEP) at City University New York in April.
The NCSCBHEP is a joint labour and management centre focussed on the study and promotion of collective bargaining as a means for advancing the working conditions of staff in higher education in the US. The enormous diversity of higher education means that particularly for union representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas about developments in collective arrangements is extremely
The Commonwealth Department of Education recently released the university workforce data for 2012. This data, collected from the universities, reveals that since 2005 only one in four (24%) new jobs at Australian universities has been an ongoing or continuing job.
Three out of four have been contract or casual. Consequently, only one in two staff (on a full time equivalent (FTE) basis) employed at Australian universities now have secure employment (see Fig. 1). This means that the proportion of insecure workers in universities is much higher than the national
This year's federal budget included major changes to higher education that will affect how governments fund universities and how universities levy fees. In a word -- deregulation. The Government's ...
Crossbench senators with an ear to popular opinion could become even less co-operative when university cuts come before them, with new polling showing the Coalition’s changes are poison in voter-land.
Extensive automated phone polling across 23 federal electorates taking in all states has found cuts in federal funding and changes to allow increased fees, higher loan charges, and access to limited federal funding by non-university course providers, have not gone over well with households.Sixty-nine per cent of those polled said they opposed “significant increases in fees” and 65 per cent said they opposed a 20 per cent funding
Independent polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union has confirmed that a range of marginal Government MPs would lose their seats if an election were held tomorrow.
The poll ...
Indigenous students can contribute a lot to university life, but harsh government policies have hit them particularly hard
This article by Celeste LIddle, NTEU Indigenous Organiser, appears in The ...
The 2014 Abbott Debt and Hockey Deficit (ADHD) Budget has been the most unpopular in living memory. Usually, the shock-horror aspects of an austerity Budget are hosed down after a few weeks with a bit of smooth talking by the Government, but this Budget has so many destructive aspects buried in the detail or hidden from first sight, and has been so poorly ‘sold’ (with Ministers contradicting each other and getting stuff just plain wrong), that the unpopularity of the Budget has escalated, rather than subsided, over the past several weeks.
Much of this mounting disillusionment, if not anger, can be ascribed to the uncertainty about how much of the Budget will get through the Senate, anyway, so people are reluctant to accept the nasties that they might not have to. However, some of the unpopularity is due to greater access to Budget information and enhanced exchange of information, analysis and commentary – thanks to the