NTEU Calls CSU to Account Over Excessive Workloads
The National Tertiary Education Union has taken action to reduce excessive academic workloads at Charles Sturt University by lodging a dispute in Fair Work Australia.
The Union has taken this action because Charles Sturt University management have been unable to reduce workloads to levels agreed to in 2010, despite NTEU members pursuing workload issues with management for more than a year.
CSU NTEU Branch President Dr Sue Wood pointed to the contradiction between expecting University teaching staff to deliver quality education yet refusing the justice and equality of appropriate and reasonable workloads.
“We have worked extensively to resolve theses issues, because excessive workloads are still being allocated to staff, and our members are still reporting workload stress, with consequent impact on personal and family life. This is inconsistent with being a family friendly workplace as CSU wishes to be seen.” Dr Wood argued.
“CSU academics care about their work and make great efforts to meet the increasing demands of University management, but there are only so many hours in each day. Sooner or later the quality of education at CSU will start to suffer. If the University wants to maintain its reputation as a provider of high quality education to regional Australia it must address this workload issue.”
University management has been ordered into a series of meetings with the NTEU, with a conciliation hearing to be held in Wagga on 16-17 August.