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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Celebrating the NTEU’s Foundation Members

    Posted 7 November 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    In 2013, we are celebrating 20 years of united union representation for workers in tertiary education. As part of the celebrations we are acknowledging those who have been loyal members of NTEU and ...

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  5. Getting the Message Out

    Posted 6 September 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The WA Division has organised one last message to the voters of WA, a full page advertisement on the back of the West Australian Newspaper.

    Congratulations on running a great campaign...One day ...

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  6. NTEU launches MyStudentDebt.com.au to highlight accumulating HELP debt

    Posted 6 September 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    A first degree shouldn’t cost a second mortgage!

    Australian students have accumulated debt from their university study of over $34 billion. We estimate outstanding HELP debt is ...

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    Fact Sheet
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    My Student Debt fact sheet

  7. National Tertiary Education Union throws support behind Andrew Wilkie

    Posted 30 July 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) today announced that it will throw its support behind independent Andrew Wilkie, Member for Denison, in the Federal election.

    “Andrew Wilkie has ...

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  8. Union dismayed at failure of vote condemning cuts to universities and student support

    Posted 20 June 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is dismayed at House of Representative MPs who failed to back today’s motion by Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt condemning the Labor ...

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  9. Vale Paul Mees

    Posted 20 June 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) notes with sorrow the death of long-standing NTEU member, Associate Professor Paul Mees. 

    “Paul was a public intellectual with a resolute ...

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  10. Australian Greens launch national campaign to reverse Labor’s uni cuts

    Posted 30 May 2013 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    The Australian Greens today launched a new national campaign - Uni Cuts Hurt - to reverse Labor’s $2.3 billion university funding cuts.
     
    The Greens campaign is working for a 10 per cent ...

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