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Casualisation of the workforce is “the dirty little secret of university expansion”, the National Tertiary Education Union has told the public parliamentary hearings into insecure employment bill.
The union, speaking at the parliamentary hearing in Victoria last Friday, said the Fair Work Amendment (Tackling Job Insecurity) Bill 2012 will result in a fairer future for many Australian workers, including staff at universities and research institutes.
The union said the amendment to the Fair Work Act will enable employees or unions to apply to Fair Work Australia for ‘secure employment orders’ for casuals to convert to ongoing employment’.
Increased public funding for higher education is at the top of the Greens election agenda.
The rise of massive open online courses has created wide mainstream interest in online higher education technologies.
There wasn’t much in the way of good news for universities, even before the 2013 budget was handed down.
International education faces one key problem: The voting public, politicians, and civil servants do not understand who we are, or where we fit in.
The certainty and simplicity of the old apprenticeship model has become a tangled mess.