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A recent NTEU national survey of casual academic staff in Australian universities shows that many casual academic staff work over and above what they are paid for. Many do not have access to the ...
A national survey of casual academic staff in Australian universities has revealed a workforce struggling to make a living and do their job with the resources they are given.
Nearly 1500 ...
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.
The semester 1, 2012 issue of Connect, NTEU and CAPA's magazine for academic casual staff, is now available.
Click below to read online (PDF and ebook). Members will receive a copy in the mail ...
Unions have launched a new inquiry into insecure work in Australia.
Workers will have the opportunity to share their stories about the impact of casual and contract employment alongside community groups, unions and employers in a new national independent inquiry to investigate the extent of insecure work in Australia.
The inquiry is part of the Secure Jobs. Better Future campaign, and will be open for submissions between 2 November and 16 December, before public hearings in each state in February and March.
Share your story
The NTEU is asking you to share your experience and views of insecure work, particularly casual work in the higher education sector.
Submissions will be able to be lodged on the campaign website, securejobs.org.au, or by phoning a special insecure work hotline on 1300 362 223 (toll free).
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.
Connect is the NTEU & CAPA magazine for casual academics.. The latest issue, vol 14 no 2, is now available online and will be mailed to all casual academics next week (from 25 July).
University World News reported earlier this week on the new analysis of academic casual numbers conducted by Griffith researcher Robyn May. The NTEU's position, calling the attention of the sector to ...•
NTEU President, Jeannie Rea, today responded with unease over the latest available data extrapolating the scale of casual teaching at Australian universities. Collected directly from the university ...•