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  1. Keep Cairns Campus Safe and Secure

    Posted by Peter Whalley-Thompson (James Cook University)

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    Keep Cairns Campus Safe and Secure

    JCU management want to outsource the security function on the Cairns campus. Staff oppose the idea.

    Security has been outsourced in Cairns previously and was a disaster. The campus is isolated from the rest of Cairns city and the response rate to security services is poor.

    Security staff working for JCU know the campus, the work, the people and take great care to protect the university environment. A contractor will not provide the same level of service, regardless of the promises made at the beginning.

    JCU management will not say exactly how much money they can save by contracting out the jobs of ten loyal employees, but an average of the tenders submitted for this contract amounts to less than the money paid to JCU executives as bonuses last year. It is the equivalent of one middle management salary.

    Staff working outside business hours, research projects which require 24/7 care, international students frightened of racist attacks, priceless collections on campus are all being put at risk for a notional saving of a few dollars in an annual budget of over $400m.

    Managment asked staff for feedback and almost unanimously the staff and students said they hated the idea. Management want to go ahead and privatize this work anyway. It's time to get loud and protest.

     

    Sign the petition and tell the VC not to outsource your safety and security.

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  2. Why the government's higher education policies must be opposed

    Posted 21 August 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, is expected to introduce legislation in the week commencing Monday 25 August which, if passed by both Houses of Parliament, would implement the changes ...

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  3. Pessimism about advances in gender equity in higher education backed up in latest stats

    Posted 12 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    There has been little shift for some time in the gender disparity in higher education careers and studies.

    In some areas gender equity has deteriorated. While we applaud Margaret Gardner becoming ...

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  4. Bluestocking Week - Abbott Govt has crossed the line

    Posted 6 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    In the lead up to Bluestocking Week 2014 (11-15 August), NTEU National President Jeannie Rea asks are we standing still or actually going backwards? Will women’s achievements in higher ...

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  5. Would Albert Einstein define Christopher Pyne’s higher education reforms as madness?

    Posted 6 August 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    In a story published in the Australian Higher Education Section of 6 August 2014 (Andrew Forrest, BCA ‘need reality check’ on VET reforms) reporter John Ross reminds us that Albert ...

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  6. Financial impact of Budget changes on Australian universities

    Posted 5 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    There is no argument that future students will bear the greatest costs if the Abbott Government’s proposed changes to higher education announced in 2014-15 Federal Budget are implemented. The ...

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  7. Impact of Budget changes on regional and outer metropolitan universities and communities

    Posted 5 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The consensus is that rural and regional communities will be hardest hit by the Budget’s higher education changes. This understanding is shared amongst higher education experts and by ...

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  8. Wikibomb planned to boost Wikipedia content on Australian women scientists

    Posted 4 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    Hot on the heels of NTEU/NUS/CAPA Bluestocking Week is National Science Week (16-24 August), during which the Australian Academy of Science is holding a Women of Science Wikibomb (14 ...

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  9. Cross the line and tell us your bluestocking story

    Posted 30 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

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    This year, it’s time for action on campuses. NTEU with NUS and CAPA will use Bluestocking Week to highlight the importance of women speaking out and sharing our stories and views.

    We need to hear the stories of the women in our universities as we "cross the line" and challenge attitudes that seek to restrict women's freedom and opportunities.  In short, we want to hear diverse and contemporary ‘bluestocking’ experiences.

    We can create a human tapestry that describes the experiences of women who work and study in our universities, as women ‘cross the line’ and challenge attitudes that seek to restrict our freedom and opportunities.

    We want to hear from all women in the university community:

    • students,
    • academics
    • professional and general staff
    • graduates
    • friends

    Tell us your stories of the value of education and opportunity, and what you are doing to challenge the status

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  10. An example of how to calculate redundancy payments from the 2004 JCU Enterprise Agreement

    Posted 18 July 2014 by Peter Whalley-Thompson (James Cook University)

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    Example of redundancy calculations for part time workers in 2004 JCU EA

    • Published: 18 Jul, 2014

    Example of the process for calculating redundancy payments for staff who have either worked part time or a mix of part time and fulltime hours during their period of employment. Part of our dispute with JCU on redundancy payments for cleaners.