NTEU wins conversions for Union members to permanent jobs
In 2009 union members campaigned to limit the use of fixed term contracts at Swinburne and all other universities across Australia. In March 2010 these limits were made law in the Union Collective Agreement between Swinburne senior management and your union, NTEU.
Over the past twelve months we have identified dozens of jobs where union members have been employed unlawfully on fixed term contracts. Through NTEU investigations and pushing cases forward many members in these jobs have now been converted to ongoing.
Now we have achieved another win in securing ongoing jobs for our members. Under threat of costly prosecutions, Swinburne senior management has agreed to convert a further eight TAFE contract staff into ongoing positions. All these staff are members of NTEU. Their preparedness to stand together in putting their cases forward, and your preparedness to join them in defending their right to secure work, was instrumental in achieving this great outcome.
As recently as 10 days ago the University was refusing to even discuss our call for conversion to ongoing jobs for these members. Securing the livelihoods for another 8 families shows the impact our union is having at Swinburne. We ask that you share this outcome with your colleagues and encourage those that aren't yet members to join your union. Together we can achieve even more. NTEU is open to all staff in the Tertiary Education sector and joining online is only a click away: www.nteu.org.au/join/joinonline
NTEU continues to fight for other members to secure ongoing work. Our General Staff Classification campaign is moving into the next phase with over 60 members participating in classification review. Our Academic Workloads campaign is continuing to grow as we negotiate with senior Swinburne management for fair, transparent and equitable workload models. We'll report in more detail on these campaigns in coming days.
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