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It has been reported this week that nearly 20,000 new primary and secondary teachers will need to be employed over the next five years to replace staff reaching retirement.
This comes as proposed NSW government reforms will hand control of staffing to local principals, allowing them to replace long-serving, permanent teachers with casual and short-term arrangements.
NSW Teachers Federation President, Maurie Mulheron, is concerned recent graduates will be exploited to achieve a cheaper workforce. He said:
“What we will have is a totally deregulated staffing structure, with an increasing number of temporary positions, no incremental pay scale and no guaranteed executive structure."
''The department and the minister see this as a golden time. They can exploit the fact there are a lot of young people coming in and a cheaper workforce. But they can also change the culture by putting them on short-term or casual arrangements. We're extremely worried about the future of the profession.''
The attacks facing NSW teachers are similar to those faced by higher education staff. Our sector has already seen a dramatic increase in precarious employment, with as many as 77,000 staff in Australian universities employed as casuals. Large-scale casualisation has begun to undermine the sustainability of the academic profession in Australia.
NTEU NSW proudly supports the launch of the Australian Workforce Futures and Climate Change Project and encourages interested members to attend their upcoming event, which includes a research seminar ...
More information about the Australian Workforce Future and Climate Change Project.
NTEU and the NSW Nurses Association have developed a dual membership arrangement to cover people in NSW who work both for the university and in a clinical context—at no extra cost to you.
We are incredibly excited to offer dual membership in NSW for university staff nurse educators who want to maintain their membership of the NSW Nurses Association. This will be particularly useful for nursing academics who work as nurses part time—either for extra income or to maintain their clinical skills.
Dual membership will provide you with full industrial coverage across your teaching, research and clinical work, and allows you to stay in touch with developments and issues facing both sectors.
David Robinson, head of our sister union in Canada (CAUT), delivered an interesting talk at Trades Hall last week. We co-hosted the event with Catalyst, a progressive union research and policy group ...•
The National Tertiary Education Union will fight deep job cuts at the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and Macquarie University, announced by management in recent days.
Support Qantas Workers
When: 5pm, Tuesday November 22
Where: Angel Place Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place (near cnr George St)
Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, will be speaking at Angel Place Recital Hall tomorrow. He has been invited to do so as part of UNSW’s “Meet the CEO” Series.
In response, a rally has been called in support of Qantas workers. NTEU members, and members from other unions, will be gathering at the entrance to the meeting from 5pm. We are calling on all supporters of Qantas staff to attend.
As NTEU members would be aware, the Transport Workers Union (TWU), The Licensed Aircraft Engineers Union (ALAEA) and the Pilots Association (APIA) have each been struggling with Qantas management for reasonable pay increases, job security and improved conditions for many months.
ACTU President Ged Kearney will address the Unions NSW Council meeting (6pm, Thursday 17 November), to speak more about the inquiry into insecure work and the Secure Jobs, Better Future campaign.
The Functional Dynamics of Green Universities was written by John Rafferty and Carolyn O’Dwyer of Charles Sturt University, with support of the NTEU NSW Division. It came out of a NSW union conference in late 2010, which examined the potential contribution of workers in the education and services industries to promote sustainability within their workplaces and their unions.
The impetus for this report came from NTEU members who wanted to unpack some of the language around sustainability initiatives and green scorecards on campuses and develop a model for ongoing engagement. The writers issue a challenge to the Australian higher education sector to broaden and intensify its efforts for sustainability and embed these into their culture and practices.
The report is available for download below and from www.pushingtheboundaries.org.au/reports
UWS casual academic, Chris Elenor, spoke about his experiences as a casual worker at the launch of the ACTU’s Secure Jobs, Better Future campaign yesterday.
While national figures indicate that 40% of the Australian workforce is employed in some form of insecure work, the situation is even more stark in higher education. Recent research has revealed that 60% of the academic workforce in universities is employed on a casual basis.
Secure Jobs, Better Future is a national campaign to improve the rights and working lives of Australians employed in insecure work. More information about the campaign can be found here.
Chris Elenor is the newly elected chair of the NTEU National Academic Casuals Committee. Some of his experiences as a casual worker were published yesterday in SMH online.