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  1. The Budget and You: A brief guide for casuals

    Posted 23 July 2014 by Courtney Sloane (Uni Casual)

    Despite the Coalition’s promises to the contrary prior to the 2013 Federal Election, the 2014-15 Federal Budget presented some of the most dramatic changes to higher education in over a generation. It also laid a blue print for a fundamentally different approach to social investment and welfare. Public spending in many traditional areas has been slashed and community organisations, charities, families and individuals are scrambling to fill the void. While these changes will affect most people in some way or other, casual workers at Australian universities will face particularly challenging circumstances.

    For casuals who are combining work with study at the undergraduate level, the announcements will see government funding for courses cut by 20 per cent, the deregulation of university fees and for the first time, the charging of market interest rates on outstanding

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  2. Reaching out to contingent faculty in the US

    Posted 22 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (Uni Casual)

    I was very fortunate to be invited to attend and to present my research on academic casualisation in Australia at the 41st Annual Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, hosted by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions (NCSCBHEP) at City University New York in April.

    The NCSCBHEP is a joint labour and management centre focussed on the study and promotion of collective bargaining as a means for advancing the working conditions of staff in higher education in the US.  The enormous diversity of higher education means that particularly for union representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas about developments in collective arrangements is extremely

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  3. University work becoming more precarious

    Posted 18 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Uni Casual)

    The Commonwealth Department of Education recently released the university workforce data for 2012. This data, collected from the universities, reveals that since 2005 only one in four (24%) new jobs at Australian universities has been an ongoing or continuing job.  

    Three out of four have been contract or casual. Consequently, only one in two staff (on a full time equivalent (FTE) basis) employed at Australian universities now have secure employment (see Fig. 1). This means that the proportion of insecure workers in universities is much higher than the national

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  4. 2014 Online Teaching Conditions Survey

    Posted 7 July 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU is seeking your input to help our campaign for better working conditions.

    If you are a casual or sessional academic, you can take the 2014 Online Teaching Conditions Survey here.

    You ...

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  5. NTEU Seminar with Robyn May in Melbourne 3 July 'Casualisation - global and Australian trends'

    Posted 27 June 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU would like to invite Victorian members to an NTEU Seminar about academic casualisation on Thursday 3 July 2014.

    This is a unique opportunity to hear Robyn May talk with NTEU President ...

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  6. Media Release: Full day ‘Sport Strike’ at La Trobe Melbourne (Navitas)

    Posted 28 May 2014 by Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office)

    Staff at La Trobe Melbourne (Navitas) will strike again today in response to management’s unwillingness to negotiate fairly with staff.

    Last week, staff participated in protected industrial ...

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  7. Don’t expect better student learning and staff working conditions by emulating the US university system

    Posted 26 May 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Education Minister Pyne claims that he wants to deregulate the Australian university system to improve innovation and quality through outright competition. While he cites the United States higher ...

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  8. It’s so nice to get away for a few days – and even nicer if you are paid

    Posted 23 April 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

     

     

    I  hope that members working in universities got some personal time over the Easter break. But do spare a thought for your sessionally employed academic colleagues, who also ...

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  9. Germany's permanent precarious academics

    Posted 3 April 2014 by Paul Clifton (Uni Casual)

    This article by Janin Bredehoeft, University of Sydney, appeared in the March 2014 issue of Connect


    Only 20 per cent of the academic workforce in German higher education institutions is in ...

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  10. Casual teachers carry the load (Connect editorial, March 2014)

    Posted 26 March 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Uni Casual)

    Casual teachers carry the load

    Connect editorial, March 2014

    Academic casual activists and the NTEU have made the casualisation of university teaching and the plight of casual academics a public ...

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    Connect, March 2014

    NTEU & CAPA magazine for casual and sessional academic staff. Vol. 7, no. 1

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