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  1. NTEU Women’s Conference: Refracted by the Gender Lens (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    With over seventy participants, this year’s biennial NTEU National Women’s Conference was the biggest for years. Almost all Branches were represented and delegates confirmed that they expect our union to be a strong and consistent voice for gender equity and women’s rights across all of our activities.

    The Union’s policy is that all our industrial, organising and policy work must be scrutinised through the gender lens. We should not tolerate so called ‘unintended consequences’ and ‘unconscious biases’. So it was disappointing that delegates reported having to often put and keep ‘women on the agenda’ even within our own meetings and activities.

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  2. Workforce feminisation and job security in our universities (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    By Paul Kniest, Policy & Research Coordinator

    Over the last decade the Australian university workforce has not only experienced an increasing reliance on the use insecure forms of employment but has also sustained an increase in the proportion of the workforce that are women. 

    The total Australian university workforce grew from 93,993 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) persons in 2005 to 124,355 FTE persons in 2015. This is an increase of 30,362 FTEs or 32 per cent. Figure 1 disaggregates this growth into changes in FTE workforce by gender as well as classified by contract of employment. Figure 1 clearly demonstrates that between 2005 and 2015, the Australian university workforce has

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  3. Worth 100%: Bluestocking Week 14–18 Aug 2017 (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    Why is there still a 10 per cent gender pay gap in education, when women and their unions have organised so successfully over so long for gender equity? 

    Education unions can proudly claim their credentials as long term and consistent campaigners for equal pay, equal opportunities, affirmative action, and gender inclusive curriculum, and against both explicit and covert discrimination in structures, policies and

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  4. Budget targets women unfairly (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Terri MacDonald, Policy & Research Officer

    For 30 years the Australian Government produced a formal statement on the impact of the Federal Budget on women. However, in 2014 the Abbott Government quietly dropped the statement. 

    No explanation was given, but it was soon evident that the 2014 ‘Horror Budget’ particularly targeted women. In 2017, with the statement still not reinstated, the results are the

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  5. NTEU congratulates Mary Kelly

    Posted 23 June 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU congratulates Mary Kelly on her award in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mary currently works as the Equity Director at the Queensland University of Technology.

    Debra Beattie ...

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  6. Research Survey on Women Who Write

    Posted 15 May 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU is pleased to share the following link to a University of Sunshine Coast research project entitled I am a woman and I work in academia: An international collection of female academics’ ...

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  7. NTEU calls for action now on sexual assault and harassment on campuses

    Posted 6 April 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU welcomes Universities Australia’s assurance that all particiapting universities will publicly release their institutional data resulting from the Human Rights Commission's survey on ...

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  8. PPL changes likely to sink in Senate (Advocate 24 01)

    Posted 16 March 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The Federal Government thought it was being strategically clever in combining childcare payment reform with a range of savings in family and other payments – including the Government’s paid parental leave (PPL) – in a massive Omnibus Bill, the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus And Child Care Reform) Bill 2017. 

    The Omnibus Bill explanatory memo details a number of the ‘zombie’ measures in the Omnibus Bill including the controversial Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill which scales back the current scheme and removes the involvement of the employer (making it a welfare payment). It also incorporates other previously rejected savings measures, such as cuts to Family Tax Benefits, Pensions and Welfare changes, and the introduction of a four-week waiting period for income support for young job seekers, where they would have to work for free in order to be eligible for income support. It also sees job seekers under 25 years forced off Newstart and on to the lesser paid Youth

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  9. NTEU speaks with UN on domestic violence workplace rights (Advocate 24 01)

    Posted 16 March 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    National President Jeannie Rea and National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organiser Celeste Liddle appeared for the NTEU at a roundtable with Dr Dubravka Simonovi, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women in Melbourne in February. The Special Rapporteur was visiting Australia to gather evidence on violence against women and girls, and was particularly concerned with the experiences of Indigenous women.

    NTEU had contributed a submission focussed on the effects of domestic and family violence at the workplace and NTEU work since 2010 to gain domestic violence leave via bargaining. In our submission we highlighted the work of Ludo McFerran and NTEU in the “Safe at Work, Safe at Home” survey instigated as part of the Domestic Violence Workplace Rights and Entitlements Project at the University of NSW

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  10. All women want is our rights and world peace (Advocate 24 01)

    Posted 16 March 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Women still do not have the same opportunities in life because we are gendered women; and men do have greater opportunities compared to women of their class, race, religion, ethnicity, locality, age, ability, and virtually any other measure. Many individual women, and even groups of women, are better off (albeit at times at the expense of other women), but sex and gender based discrimination and prejudice continue to disadvantage women and advantage men. 

    Gender based violence continues to be used against women, whoever they are and wherever they are. This is not to homogenise the category ‘women’, but the opposite. It is to situate the experience of women’s oppression within and across all other oppressed

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