Our goal is to help you enforce the collective rights negotiated through enterprise bargaining and to give a strong collective voice if something changes at the university. The conditions of employment at the UTS are determined by various laws, collective agreements, common law and university police, practice and statutes. More information about your rights and rights in the workplace can be found as part of the staff contract negotiated by NTEU members: www.nteu.org.au/uts/agreement The trade union movement is in freefall. NTEU leaders, who have long worked with the university`s management, have renounced by compromises as animal as the Bargaining Enterprise Agreement. The only undertaking presented in these agreements is generally the emigration of fundamental rights and freedoms. Neglect at work has been one of its most harmful fruits. In short, the fight is being waged both within the trade union movement and against the university`s leadership. Much bleeding is promised, and the only word that is not mentioned in all this: education. May she leave, humiliated and shamefully rest in a quiet peace. The University of Adelaide was this month the remarkable scalp for the Skulduggery tertiary sector, with Acting Vice-Chancellor Mike Brooks “in principle” agreeing an agreement between the NTEU`s management and national executive.
In accordance with Article 19.2 of the agreement, wage reductions equal to “a maximum of 15% of an agent`s salary during a specified period of pay” may be applied. The reductions are achieved through the purchase of forced leave, deferred wage increases, and the elimination of the annual vacation pay expense. Not happy with such a favorable state, the universities took COVID-19 as a call for more axe, underpayment and cutting. In July, a survey conducted by the University of Sydney Casuals Network at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences found that casual academics were underpaid during the COVID-19 crisis. The results are bleak: 77% are concerned about job losses; 82% said that in the first half of 2020, additional unpaid work had been done, and 60% “probably left academia”. The move to online forms has, of course, resulted in additional costs for faculty staff. The same hypocrite Barnes and other national leaders have tried to impose a “national framework” on university members and management to accept some 18,000 job losses across the tertiary sector, with reduced salaries. It has been the least honest and monstrous publicity in one way or another. “The framework for job protection,” wrote an NTEU propaganda brochure in May, “means that everyone will have a lifejacket. Casuals, temporary, permanent, poorly paid, very well paid, everyone. Scandalous underpayment has become the usual tariff at Australian universities.