University employees were reportedly stripped of a 2.2 percent pay rise introduced in early May as part of proposed changes to their company agreement. www.abc.net.au/…/university-sector-new-era…/12654828 The university says they were aimed at avoiding between 200 and 300 forced layoffs. Ruth Jelley, current secretary of NTEU University of Melbourne, questions the real stakes of the job cuts proposed by the university and insists that the fundamental principles of public university education be back. Current company agreement (paragraphs 2.21.1 and 27.3.1) On Friday, proud unionized employees of the Faculty of Philosophy affirmed their dignity of work before a university management that has for too long treated them as a „soft edition“ and excluded them professionally. So we rejected the university`s „last“ offer of additional payment, which would have only briefly changed casual workers and paid only a third of what was due to unpaid wages for six years. We wanted pay equity, plus stolen wages. The union argues that the university has more than enough cash reserves to cope with the financial impact of COVID-19, including lower revenues from royalties in 2020. Great work of hundreds of occasional members to build solidarity from scratch over a two-year campaign. Countless meetings, rallies, petitions, occupations of the Dean`s office, zoom bombings and finally an apparition in the villa provided by the Vice-Chancellor`s University, Cumnock House. We asked a question: Is such generosity appropriate if casual workers are liable for $6 million in wages? Instructor-led courses are at the heart of the learning experience for students at the University of Melbourne.
However, as the ABC report shows today, staff working conditions and student learning conditions are not a central priority for the university. Instead, the university systematically wastes money on consulting fees, bonuses for executives, and events like the Melbourne Commencement Ceremony. While this may be news for the general public, it is not for UoM players. Last February, we organized an action at the opening ceremony to let new students know that UoM refuses to pay casual workers to attend classes; refuses to pay casual workers properly to do so; and that wage theft is widespread at the UoM. We emphasized that employee working conditions are students` learning conditions and that this should be the university`s priority, not the millions of dollar parties or an UoM brand fashion line. UoM still refuses to pay casual workers to attend lectures or mark them properly, and is using the pandemic as a pretext to `innovate` new wage thefts from its most precarious employees – casual workers.“ Among the recent innovations, join the movement for an academic sector based on fair jobs: www.nteu.org.au/join The best protection for our communities, here and internationally, are safe jobs, with safe working conditions, where those who do not work have a decent income and where people receive financial support to isolate themselves and other measures to protect our collective communities is not enough to do with it. take. www.megaphone.org.au/…/university-of-melbourne-. staf.
Executives will continue to plan for the university`s recovery….