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  1. Fee Deregulation in Death Throes following Federal Election

    Posted 4 July 2016 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The Federal Election outcome has finally put to rest the Coalition’s university deregulation agenda. On current expectations, NTEU's Defenders of Higher Education are very likely to ...

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  2. Fee Deregulation in Death Throes following Federal Election

    Posted 4 July 2016 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The Federal Election outcome has finally put to rest the Coalition’s university deregulation agenda. On current expectations, NTEU's Defenders of Higher Education are very likely to have ...

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  3. State of the Uni survey 3rd report - fixed term employment

    Posted 22 March 2016 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The third report from the NTEU State of the Uni Survey focuses on the responses from staff employed on fixed term

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  4. Fixed term employment: The gig is up (Advocate 23 01)

    Posted 16 March 2016 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    A recent AHEIA report, Australian Higher Education Workforce of the Future, noted the view of senior university staff that Enterprise Agreements ‘Limit our flexibility’ and ‘protect our staff from change’. With only 35 per cent of the workforce in secure employment, the obsession with flexibility has become a mantra that is blind to the impact of this imperative on the people who work in universities, and to the long term interests of high quality teaching and

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  5. Zimbabwe: A tough road for unionist lecturers (Advocate 22 03)

    Posted 16 November 2015 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Life in Zimbabwe is much harder for working people than in Australia, notwithstanding the attacks we currently face. A recent Supreme Court ruling in Zimbabwe has significantly undermined employment protections resulting in tens of thousands of workers facing termination as a result. 

    The Government has been known to ignore Court rulings when they don’t suit them. Public sector wages are about a quarter of that required for a family to live on, and as a result corruption is endemic. The President, Robert Mugabe, is now 91 and has ruled uninterrupted for 27

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  6. Help Defend our Uni's - National Doorknock

    Posted 4 September 2015 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Help get our message out! - Join the National doorknocking campaign Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.

     Christopher Pyne is stilling pursing his radical attempts to reshape universities ...

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  7. State of the Uni Survey: The tertiary education sector has its say

    Posted 21 July 2015 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Staff in Australian universities have said that their work gives them satisfaction, that they have positive work relationships and that their work is exciting and interesting. But they have also said that workplace change is handled poorly, and most do not trust senior management believing executive salaries are too high. 

    These are just a few of the insights that are buried within one of the largest ever nationwide staff satisfaction surveys to be conducted in Australia. The NTEU State of the Uni Survey is to be a biennial survey of attitudes on employment and workplace culture in Australian universities. It seeks responses from all types of staff across a range of issues from government policies on higher education, to working conditions and the role of trade unions in the tertiary

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  8. What’s in a Name? General and/or professional – but definitely not ‘non-academic’

    Posted 3 July 2014 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    How often do you hear NTEU representatives mumble ‘General – oh and/or Professional staff’? For our first two decades, the NTEU had two major sections of membership – academic and general. Academics are easily identified as members of that profession and classified as such. Two unions covering academic staff in universities and colleges were part of the original merger to form the NTEU. There were also three General Staff unions covering university and associated staff, and Victorian TAFE staff who were called PACCT staff. Over time, allied sections of other unions in universities joined us along with research and other allied institutions’ staff.

    Describing staff who cover many occupations with many qualifications has become more complex. Universities are favouring the term ‘Professional’, but not everyone has a professional position. There is a ‘third space’ but this is of concern to academics particularly as there is more talk of ‘unbundling’ the academic role. We asked three leading General Staff members to

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  9. 70 per cent of Australians against higher university fees

    Posted 16 June 2014 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget.

    The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would see students from poorer backgrounds locked out of quality education.

    “These are budget measures that Christopher Pyne and the Government kept secret before the election for a reason,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National

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  10. edXpress #13 (May 2014) out now

    Posted 5 May 2014 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The May 2014 edition of edXpress is out now. With news and views on what’s happening on our campuses around the country, we file on the first Monday of the month.

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