NTEU Newsroom | 19 November 2012
Staff at the University of Western Sydney will protest over proposed staff and course cuts on Wednesday 21 November over staff cuts that will result from large cuts to the university’s 400 different units of study on offer.
“The staff and unit cuts appear to be a panicked reaction by UWS to a drop in enrolments this year even though the university still has a large budgetary surplus. So far, the two worst affected areas are the School of Business where twenty-nine academics will lose their jobs, and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts where twenty-five staff will go.
The NTEU says the ‘financial crisis’ appears to have been engineered at the beginning of a new round of enterprise bargaining to ‘soften up’ staff for salary increases lower than the average across the university sector.