Union members in Social Work write collectively to Dean over insecure employment
In an effort coordinated by their union delegates, NTEU members in the Department of Social have written to the Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences over their concerns for colleagues employed on fixed-term contracts, amongst other issues.
Issues identified to the Dean were:
(1) There are two staff on fixed-term contracts who fulfill roles necessary for the accreditation of Social Work courses. Members have asked that these staff be offered ongoing employment in recognition of this. Their positions are not in any way temporary, they will exist for as long as the University offers those courses.
(2) The Faculty’s advice not to employ sessionals on the Department’s budget in order to address budget problems is having unacceptable effects on the workloads of the academic staff, namely that it is leaving little time for research or community engagement.
(3) The length of time between sessional staff performing work and those sessional staff being paid is unacceptable. In a particularly egregious example, one sessional appointment has not yet been paid for work that was performed last year.
Members expect a reply within the next week. We will keep you posted on developments.