NTEU Newsroom 17 June 2012
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) will use the upcoming higher education enterprise bargaining round to create 2000 new ongoing jobs for casual academics, better regulate escalating workloads and improve conditions and career advancement for professional staff in universities. NTEU President, Jeannie Rea says:
The growth in casualisation is the dirty secret of Australian higher education, which now threatens to undermine the quality of our university system. We intend to use the upcoming enterprise bargaining round to call time on this.
Other major claims agreed to at a two-day meeting (16-17 June) of NTEU representatives from universities across Australia include:
- Improving career progression and classification procedures for professional staff. This is in recognition of the increasing amount and complexity of work faced by professional staff.
- Further increases in Indigenous employment based on binding Indigenous employment strategies and targets.
- Enforceable regulation of academic and professional staff workloads.
- Provision for employees who are dealing with the consequences of domestic violence.
- A 7% per annum flat annual salary increase over four years ”to compensate for cost of living increases, productivity gains and to maintain domestic and international competitiveness.