The university says they aimed to avoid between 200 and 300 forced layoffs. www.megaphone.org.au/…/university-of-melbourne-… Staf… The best protection for our communities, here and internationally, are safe jobs, with safe working conditions, where those who do not work have an income worth living and where people receive financial assistance to isolate themselves and take other measures to protect our collective health. Senior managers will continue to plan for the university`s turnaround. The current enterprise agreement (clauses 2.21.1 and 3.27.1) Classes run by casual teachers form the core of the student learning experience at the University of Melbourne. However, as today`s ABC report shows, working conditions and learning conditions for students are not a top priority for the university. Instead, the university systematically wastes money on consulting fees, senior executive bonuses and events like the Melbourne Ceremony. While this may be news to the general public, it`s not for UoM Casuals.
In February of this year, at the opening ceremony, we staged an action to let new students know that UoM refuses to pay casual players to participate in lectures; Refuses to pay occasional payments appropriately; and that wage theft is widespread in UoM. We stressed that employees` working conditions are the learning conditions of students and that this should be the university`s priority, not millions of dollars evenings or a UoM brand fashion line. UoM still refuses to pay casual players to attend conferences or related labelling and uses the pandemic as a pretext to «innovate» other wage thefts of their most precarious employees – casual workers. Recent innovations include: participating in the movement for a university sector based on fair jobs: www.nteu.org.au/join proud casual workers of the art faculty asserted their power to work on Friday with regard to a university principal who for too long treated it as a «soft cost» and excluded it professionally. We therefore rejected the university`s «final» offer of backpay, which would have had only once again short-circuited occasional payments by paying only one third of what was owed for six years of unpaid wages. We wanted pay equity, wages that are no longer stolen.