The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), which competes with the NTEU for non-academic staff, such as administrative staff, student services and library staff, strongly opposes the agreement. CPSUS representatives argued that a pay cut does not mean much to academics with high salaries, but can change the lives of many of their members. Read also: More than 70% of academics at some universities are casual gamblers. They are losing work and were announced last week by JobKeeper at the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) their draft negotiated agreement with universities. The COVID 19 pandemic aims to save at least 12,000 jobs at universities threatened by the COVID 19 pandemic, against temporary pay cuts ranging from 5% to 15% for some employees. With the adoption of a new enterprise agreement, a new structure and the allocation of new apprenticeship positions, it seems that the hard stuff is sorted. That is not the case. Its board of directors also believes that the requirements of the agreement are contrary to its responsibility to „manage and control the affairs of the university.” Universities that do not agree with the agreement are subject to bargaining clauses for redundancies and other changes. Otherwise, they may endeavour to make changes to the agreement that the NTEU will oppose.
The agreement aims to protect the most vulnerable workers. Casual companies account for about 44% of the total of 139,500 academic staff. If these real workforces are converted to full-time equivalents, casual workers account for 33% of the 62,000 full-time equivalents. The National Jobs Protection Framework is supported by Australia`s top universities, but is not mandatory for all universities. Each university may decide individually whether or not to join the agreement. According to union president Nikki Balnave, there are no plans for university layoffs, but „we believe that many professional jobs are now directly threatened.” The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union is waging a labour dispute over academic workload models. According to the union, the division of work begins next month, but „university staff in most parts of the university have no idea how the workload is measured and distributed.” According to the union, this goes against the new enterprise agreement, not least because „management seems to perpetuate itself with secret machismo, opaque and not in line with the workload.” Casuals also account for about 27% of the other 142,500 non-university employees (15% of the 72,000 full-time equivalents). Other universities that may not sign the contract are Macquarie and Murdoch University, as well as the University of South Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Sydney. Some of them are less exposed to the loss of international students. So good for Federation U, which has a short five-day course on „creative hair braiding techniques.” It`s „a sniff the world of the hairdresser” – a piece (sorry) for 300 dollars. The union estimates that universities will lose AUD 5 billion this year due to the decrease in international student enrolment.
Many jobs at risk, particularly in the research sector, are disproportionately supported by young researchers and women.