28 mars 2015

Queensland election a stunning rejection of austerity

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). Queensland’s snap election was called at a time when many NTEU members were either on leave or extremely busy with enrolments. The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) ran a very focused campaign around asset sales and cuts to essential services. The message: number every square, put the Liberal National Party (LNP) last. More...

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Senators set to vote down Pyne’s destructive higher education bill

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). The National Tertiary Education Union is confident that the majority of crossbench senators will vote with Labor and the Greens against the Abbott Government’s higher education bill scheduled in the Senate this coming week. More...

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Insecure Work Conference 2014

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). Participants in the NTEU National Insecure Work Conference in Hobart last November were empowered by the experience of meeting with others precariously employed like them. They also learned of the differences and similarities across types of insecure work in higher education and research; and they heard a commitment by the National Executive to heighten the priority of addressing both insecure work in the sector and the issues for insecurely employed staff. More...

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Unwrapping the ‘neoliberal embrace’

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). In the current industrial and political environment, I often hear the complaint from members and others, that NTEU is always sounding oppositional; we always want to stop something. We are accused of being negative and resistant to change. More...

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Academic freedom defended in Canada

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). In Australia, at times, we toss around the expression ‘academic freedom’ rather loosely and at others we are not vigilant enough to name decisions and behaviours of universities as violations of academic freedom. Would you be prepared to challenge what a department is or is not teaching as a violation of academic freedom? Our Canadian counterparts have taken this on. More...

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US Adjuncts stage Walk Out Day

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). Thousands of adjunct academic staff in US universities walked off the job on 25 February in the first National Adjunct Walkout Day. Organised by a loose coalition of activists using social media to get their message out, many universities and colleges were impacted particularly when students and other staff backed up the adjuncts by participating in meetings and rallies. More...

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International Women’s Day 2015

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). We must never forget that International Women’s Day on 8 March honours the start of the New York 1908 garment workers strike led by young immigrant women. IWD was created by internationalist women rights campaigners meeting in Copenhagen in 1910 who decided that there should be an international day for action on women’s rights and universal suffrage. IWD from early days also focused upon peace, and organised against war mongering and compulsory military service. More...

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By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). Australian unions have a long history of standing in solidarity with Vanuatu. In the 1970s, we supported the independence movement against French/British rule, which saw a republic declared in 1980. It is time to stand in solidarity with Vanuatu’s workers again.

On the 14th March, the largest cyclone to hit the South Pacific tore through Vanuatu. It caused widespread destruction displacing 70% of the population and destroying 90% of all buildings. Dangerous levels of global warming is at the heart of more severe storms in our region, leaving our Pacific friends increasingly vulnerable to coastal salt water flooding, destroying crops and food supplies

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80% of Vanuatu’s population depend on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods. More...

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Whither peer reviewing?

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). Yet another threat to the future of the academic profession was recently exposed. The pressure to ‘publish or perish’ alongside the casualisation of academic work and ludicrous workloads has forced the editors of 43 academic journals to write to universities and funding bodies calling for institutional recognition and support. More...

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A question of academic freedom

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). “120 University of Tasmania academics sign letter berating Liberal Whip Andrew Nikolic for attack on free speech”, The Age, 18 March 2015.
The letter was published in the Tasmanian Times, under the heading – “An attack on the long-standing principle of academic freedom”. More...

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