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  1. ‘Employers of choice’ failing general staff

    Posted 17 September 2014 by Andrea Brown (Women)

    The final report of the 2011 Work and Careers in Australian Universities Survey contains disturbing findings on women general staff access to professional development and career advancement. These findings should be considered as NTEU monitors the implementation of clauses on general staff advancement.

    The broader aim of the Gender and Employment Equity: Strategies for Advancement in Australian Universities ARC funded research led by Professor Glenda Strachan and co-partnered with the NTEU, was to advance our understanding of existing gender inequalities in Australian universities. Gender inequality in employment persists, despite increasing gender equity policy and program initiatives focusing their attention on work and family.

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  2. NFAW analysis reveals women as biggest budget losers

    Posted 17 September 2014 by Terri Macdonald (Women)

    Noting that there was no modelling in the Budget papers on the impact of the Budget on women, the non-politically aligned National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), in conjunction with experts from a range of organisations, took on the task of analysing the implications of the Budget 2014-15 through a gender lens.

    Like NTEU’s analysis in higher education, the NFAW found the biggest losers from the Budget to be women, irrespective of age, income, employment status, or if single, married/defacto, with or without carer

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  3. Little shift in gender disparity in higher ed

    Posted 16 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    There has been little shift for some time in the gender disparity in higher education careers and studies. In some areas gender equity has deteriorated. The proportion of women vice chancellors has fallen to 20%, just eight out of 39. It had climbed to one third a few years ago. And just the second woman to head up a ‘Group of 8’ University, starts at Monash this September.

    There has been little shift in the proportion of women academics still hovering around 44%, and women are still less than one third of the professorial class, but now at least more than one quarter. While women are two thirds of general and professional staff, and have made significant inroads into senior positions (45%), there does not seem to be any recent gains. Women still predominate in lower levels and more insecure jobs across all

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  4. CAPA: Don’t gender my agenda, Mr Pyne

    Posted 16 September 2014 by Paul Clifton (Women)

    This year’s Bluestocking Week theme ‘Crossing the Line’ could not be more relevant to women in higher education today. 

    Representing women of all different backgrounds in postgraduate education the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) decided to get the message out to affiliates and students on the ground in as many ways as possible. Not only did CAPA send out sets of Bluestockings posters and balloons, but also two pairs of actual blue stockings to each affiliate organisation, after all what better way to get the message out to people than to wear it

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  5. Budget confirms disregard for women

    Posted 15 September 2014 by Terri Macdonald (Women)

    Despite claims by the Prime Minister that he is ‘feminist’ (due to having a wife and daughters), this was the first time in over 30 years that a Federal Government did not produce a Women’s Budget Statement as one element of the official Budget Papers. While the Government has remained silent as to why it abandoned this practice, it may be to avoid highlighting the fact that, should all the measures proposed by the Government in this Budget be passed by the senate, women will be the worst impacted - be it in higher education, the workplace, as carers or as seniors, from any walk of

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  6. Why we cross the line in 2014

    Posted 15 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    In the lead up to Bluestocking Week this year, NTEU National President Jeannie Rea wrote about why women need to actively defend and advocate for women in higher education as latest government policies would actually see women lose their numbers and opportunities in universities.

    When the NTEU and NUS decided to bring back Bluestocking Week a couple of years ago, we agreed that we needed to recognise the achievements of women in higher education from those feisty pioneers dubbed ‘bluestockings’ to today’s women taking on study and jobs in universities from so many diverse

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  7. ACTU Women’s Conference 2014

    Posted 15 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    The ACTU Women’s Conference in Melbourne in August was comfortably oversubscribed – demonstrating both the enthusiasm of union women staff, delegates and elected representatives, but also ...

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    Crossing the Line!

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  8. Margaret Lee: My swan song

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    Margaret Lee first joined the NTEU in 1996 and has served at Division Secretary for Queensland for the past eight years. When Margaret, then a lecturer in Industrial Relations, joined the Griffith University Branch Committee, she brought with her a wealth of expertise as an industrial relations expert and labour lawyer, with significant publications on labour market regulation, industrial disputes and union rights, and bargaining and negotiation, and a wealth of experience of working with and for the union movement.

    In moving her Life Membership at this year’s National Council, the Queensland Division has said, ‘More importantly, she brought with her a solid core of strong union values which would be a great source of guidance and strength for everyone in the Queensland Division who has had the privilege of working with her. As a marvellously unpretentious and down-to-earth (but always stylish!) person, Margaret may not be aware of the extent to which she has educated those around her. The Queensland Division in particular is in her debt, as she leaves the Division bigger and stronger than it has ever been. We look forward to a continuing association in her Life Member

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  9. Barbara Pocock work+life

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    Long time NTEU member, Professor Barbara Pocock AM has researched work and employment relations for more than 30 years. She has worked for Australian governments, community organisations, and universities including the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, where in 2006 she founded the Centre for Work + Life. Initially trained as an economist, Barbara completed her doctorate in gender studies, and taught and researched labour studies and social science from the mid-1980s to 2014. As Barbara retires from full time work, NTEU National President Jeannie Rea and UNSW Branch President Sarah Gregson reflect upon her working

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  10. SA Dinner Out from ‘under the thumb’

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Paul Clifton (Women)

    Over 70 people attended the SA Division’s sold out Bluestocking Week dinner on 13 August, a fundraiser for the Working Women’s Centre.

    Chaired by Janet Giles, former secretary of SA ...

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