31 October 2013
Failure to consult on campuses closures draws apology and financial contributions to community education
The Federal Court of Australia has found that Swinburne University of Technology was guilty of four breaches of the Fair Work Act in that it failed to consult with staff and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) over its decision last July to shut its Lilydale campus and relocate the design faculty from the Prahran campus in the wake of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $290 million cuts to TAFE.
NTEU commenced proceedings in March 2013 against Swinburne in the Federal Court.
Swinburne admitted it contravened the Fair Work Act and agreed to make donations to eight Outer Eastern Neighbourhood and Community Houses and two services which support the victims of domestic violence. Swinburne also apologised to all staff for breaking the law and paid the legal costs of NTEU.
Colin Long, NTEU Victorian Secretary said the campuses were built up over generations and they should be handed over to the public for the future education of our communities.
NTEU has filed a new action against Swinburne over its alleged failure to consult with regard to an arrangement to contract out the work of Swinburne College to a wholly owned separate entity.