RMIT Casual Staff - Can you apply for conversion?

Are you a casual staff at RMIT? Are you in the dark about your conversion rights to better Job security?

Did you know that some staff casually employed at RMIT are eligible to apply for conversion to secure employment if they meet the criteria outlined in their respective agreements. 

NTEU RMIT branch is having a Job security meeting for all casual staff. If you want to tackle insecure work at RMIT, you must attend the meeting, talk to your colleagues and encourage them to come along, and join your Union.

 

 

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Deakin Casual Staff Info Session 31st Of July

Deakin Casual Staff - Information Session

Are you a Casual Professional Staff? Are you a Casual Academic? 

Did you know that your new Enterprise Agreement with Deakin University has recently finalised. 

 

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Deakin Casuals--We NEED YOU! Help us win Secure Work RIghts!!

Casual and sessional academic work is both tough and precarious. The expectations can be enormous and the support insufficient. When you are sick you can't take leave; during the holiday periods you are not paid; and if you fall pregnant--well, you are simply on your own. Without security of employment it is almost impossible to plan for the future--ever tried to get a loan while employed casually? We have had enough of casual academic staff being systematically denied access to secure work at Deakin University. All staff deserve job security. Casually employed staff are holding universities together – without us, Deakin would stop running. It is time for secure work. In response, we are demanding that a genuine conversion to secure clause be included in the new Deakin Collective Agreement. But we can't do it alone, we need your support. If job security is important to you then get along to one of our campaign launch meetings at Waurn Ponds on the 22nd of February or Burwood on the 23rd of February. To RSVP visit this link. For all other inquiries contact Lachlan at supercasuals@nteu.org.au. If enough casuals get involved in this campaign we can win secure work rights this bargaining round. 


SuperCasuals stand with staff at Murdoch University

Murdoch University management has applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate the enterprise agreement covering academic and general staff in a move the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) claims shows a complete lack of respect to dedicated employees.

If successful, this application would mean that the only industrial instrument regulating the employment conditions of Murdoch staff would be the terms of the safety-net modern Award which are way below the enterprise agreement conditions.

“This application is expressly about removing hard-won conditions that management don’t want,” explained NTEU WA Secretary Gabe Gooding.

“The NTEU has been negotiating a new enterprise agreement since April, but the University has taken an aggressive stance, demanding wide and deep cuts to staff working conditions while pursuing costly and time-consuming legal avenues.

“Staff of the university, whether union members or not, cannot see this as anything other than a co-ordinated attack on employment conditions by a management team that has completely abandoned all principles of fairness and decency toward staff,” said Gooding.

NTEU General Secretary, Grahame McCulloch today sent an email to NTEU members across the country describing the “unprecedented act never seen before in the university sector.”  

McCulloch wrote that a successful application: “would give the management, if it chooses, the capacity to demolish working conditions".

Ms Gooding added that the actions of Murdoch management are like those taken by rogue employers in the mining and construction industries, such as Griffin Coal, that resulted in a reduction in the pay of those workers by up to 43 percent.

Supercasuals encourages all casual university staff tp show their support for Murdoch University staff using #ThinkMurdochThinkShame and #DefendOurUnis on social media.

For all inquieries contact Dustin Halse at dhalse@nteu.org.au.


What would you do if there was a fire?

What would you do if there was a  fire? Take a roll call, headcount, or just leg it to the assembly point? Do you know where that assembly point is?

Fire safety is just one of the many areas of training which is either unpaid, inadequate or non-existent for casuals at Deakin University and #supercasuals have been out and about on campus talking about it. 

It's time for Deakin to step up and start paying casuals to undertake required induction and training modules. We fighting for proper paid inductions for casually employed staff. No one else in the University sector is expected to stay on top of hundreds of pages of policies in their own time. It is ridiculous that Deakin University doesn’t pay casually employed staff to maintain up to date knowledge on its policies about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), plagiarism, University Assessment Procedures and many other issues. To join the campaign visit http://www.supercasuals.org.au/deakin_university or call Lachlan Clohesy on 0418 493 355.

 


Deakin Uni--Induction and Training Pay--It's Time!

No one else in the University sector is expected to stay on top of hundreds of pages of policies in their own time. It is ridiculous that Deakin University doesn’t pay casually employed staff to maintain up to date knowledge on its policies about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), plagiarism, and University Assessment Procedures. A group of Deakin Supercasuals have responded by launching a campaign to demand that casual staff be paid for the work performed inducting, training and familiarising themselves with Deakin policies and systems. If you are a Deakin casual then we invite you to join our collective campaign--we are claiming 6 hours of pay for every participant for the time spent self-training and self-inducting. Already more than 50 casuals have joined this action--and the numbers are rising everyday. Of course, we would love as many people as possible to sign up – the more people who join the campaign the greater our ability to tackle the issue of unpaid work for casual staff at Deakin. A big thanks also to those who attended our BBQ campaign launch event at Burwood on 12 October. We’ll also be out to Geelong in coming weeks. Stay tuned to see what’s next for our campaign over T3. If you have any questions, or wish to participate in or help organise the campaign, contact Lachlan at lclohesy@nteu.org.au, or by phone on 0418 493355. You can sign up to the campaign online here

 

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SwinSessionals Conversion to Secure Work Campaign

Are you a sessional/casual academic at Swinburne Uni? Interested in securing permanent work? Read on.

In December 2015, NTEU secured landmark rights for Swinburne sessional staff to apply for conversion after teaching 72 hours or more of lectures and tutorials in three consecutive years. Those rights were the culmination of four years of campaigning by sessional staff at Swinburne. We are now implementing those rights and encouraging members to join a group application for conversion. This does not involve a job application, CVs or interviews. NTEU will simply assert your right to be converted under the Enterprise Agreement. We are also taking applications as part of the campaign. NTEU will assess each application and advise members of any concerns. The more applications the better. You can apply through the online form, it takes just a few minutes to complete via this link. For all other information contact Dustin Halse on 0478 835 429 at dhalse@nteu.org.au.


UniMelb Hands Up for Secure Work Meeting 23 August, 12.30pm.

The vast majority of staff at the University of Melbourne are employed on a casual basis. Job security is important and that's why we are running the Hands Up for Secure Work campaign. Job Security means 17% Superannuation, paid parental leave and stronger workplace rights. For casual employees it also means career progression and respect. NTEU has recently achieved more secure employment for hundreds of union members in Victoria, and the next stop is the University of Melbourne. To date more than 150 people have signed up to the campaign. Come along to our meeting to find out how you can apply for secure work. Details Below:

When: Tuesday, 23 August, 12:30-1:30pm.

Where: Lower Theatre. Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

For all other information regarding the campaign please contact the University of Melbourne branch at unimelb@nteu.org.au or Chloe Gaul on 0422 638 865. 

 

 


Blue Stocking Week #MakethePledge Event 18 August, 6-8pm.

Did you know that most Victorian Universities do not provide paid domestic violence leave for casual staff? Research shows guaranteed paid leave makes all the difference. We are asking all universities to Make the Pledge to extend DVL to all staff. During Bluestocking Week we’ll be announcing who’s taken the pledge and who needs some encouragement. We would like to invite you to the SuperCasuals BSW event on 18 August at 6pm, 1st Floor 120 Clarendon St Southbank to be involved in this celebration of the pledges, and help us deliver pledges at every university. Food and drinks will be served on the night and there will be a great host of speakers. For further details visit https://goo.gl/3zgmOE. #MakethePledge


#No100kdegrees

SuperCasuals and NTEU notes that voters in the 2016 federal election are being given a clear choice between market mayhem and public accountability when it comes to higher education policy. While the Coalition government desperately wants voters to believe it has retreated from its unfair and unsustainable plans to deregulate Australian higher education, this is clearly not the case. Malcolm Turnbull let slip at the June 17 Facebook leaders’ debate that the government’s plans for higher education include giving “universities the ability to deregulate fees if you like, for a small number of flagship courses”. 

“The government’s plans for flagship courses create the perfect environment for $100,000 degrees,” argues NTEU National President Jeannie Rea.    

“The Turnbull government must be held to account for its plans to cut public investment and make students pay more, especially given that Australia already has amongst the lowest levels of public investment in higher education in the world and that our students pay amongst the highest fees. 

"The voters of Australia must let the government know that it is far too great a risk to impose this market mayhem on Australia’s world class public higher education system.”

Supercasuals urges people to help defend public education and put the Liberals last this coming weekend. 



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