Insecure Work Conference

The NTEU Insecure Work Conference was held on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November 2014 at the University of Tasmania's Dechaineux Theatre, Art School, Hunter Street, Hobart.

Outcomes and recommendations from the conference workshops were discussed by the NTEU National Executive the following day, and will lead to a national campaign in 2015. An Action Plan is being developed for National Executive in February. We welcome feedback and further ideas from Branches and Divisions. Please contact the National Organiser Michael Evans at 03 9254 1910 or [email protected]

The Insecure Work Conference had four objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the extent and characteristics of precarious work in the sector
  • To recognise NTEU past and current approaches to making work more secure
  • To critically evaluate current strategies to inform ongoing NTEU industrial and political strategic policy
  • Provide a forum for organising around precarious work to strengthen existing and create new networks

The conference focus was on three areas of precarious work in higher education:

  • Academic teaching casual staff
  • Contract research staff
  • Project and other fixed term staff not engaged in research

The Conference was an important opportunity for NTEU members and staff to come together and consider the challenges faced within higher education with the proliferation of insecure modes of employment. It was also a basis for the NTEU to redefine its commitment to deliver and protect fairer employment conditions for those at the peripheries of the higher education workforce. As stated by the NTEU National President Jeannie Rea in opening and closing the conference,

“This is a very important conference for the NTEU because we are making a very public declaration that this union will not ignore the rise in precarious work in our industry. This is not a statement made for effect – it is a commitment.”