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The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Sydney University branch has called for the reduction of casual academic teaching at the University in its log of claims for a new enterprise bargaining. ...
Dear fellow members
The University has invited applications for the first early career development fellowships (ECDFs), in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This is the first of what we hope ...
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 ...
NTEU media release: Governments must listen to Insecure Work Inquiry on need for increased investment in skills and education
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) welcomes the report of the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work, Lives on Hold, released at Australian Council of Trade Unions Congress in Sydney today....
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.
CASUAL MEMBERS – REGISTER ECDF ELIGIBILITY BY 20 APRIL
One of the significant gains the NTEU made in the 2010 enterprise bargaining round was a clause which aims to enhance the career path ...
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 ...
FASS NTEU Members' Meeting Today - Building 2, Room 5.39 12:30-2pm
A reminder to casual staff NTEU members in FASS and FASS members generally to attend this important meeting.
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.