14 avril 2016

NTEU supports Safe Schools Coalition

By Andrew MacDonald. The National Tertiary Education Union has expressed its support for the Safe Schools Coalition, which has recently been subjected to a series of vicious and sustained political attacks. More...

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Reforms give German university researchers much greater security

By Jen T. Kwok. After years of campaigning by the union for education and science, the German government passed a law last week that will improve the conditions that apply to contract employment in research.
With most jobs in science and academe being fixed term, often with contracts of less than a year, and surveys suggesting a looming exodus from the research sector, even conservative voices acknowledged that excessive ­advantage had been taken of the scope allowed by the previous legislation for fixed-term contracts among research staff. More...

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TPP heats up in May (Advocate 23 01)

By Jen T. Kwok. A report by the World Bank has highlighted that the benefits of the TPP to Australia are negligible. Furthermore, the National Impact Assessment (NIA) prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has failed to provide economic modelling about either the positive or negative impacts of the TPP. More...

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HECS – HELP. Australia’s future subprime loan crisis?

By Paul Kniest. On Wednesday 6 April 2016 the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released a report entitled Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP): Impact on Budget which shows that Australia’s internationally lauded income contingent HELP, or as many people would know it HECS, loan scheme is in danger of turning into Australia’s very own subprime loans crisis. More...

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For-Profit Higher Education Providers Earn Big Profits but Pay Low Employee Benefits

By Paul Kniest. On 11 April 2016, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) released its report on the financial performance of Australia’s higher education sector called Key financial metrics on Australia’s higher education sector.  Selected Insights April 2016. More...

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Universities expected to drag business out of the innovation dark ages (Advocate 23 01)

By Paul Kniest. Following its dismal failure to convince the Australian public or the Senate of the merits of fee deregulation and public funding cuts, the Coalition Government under the new leadership of Malcolm Turnbull launched its much publicised and anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) on Monday 7 December 2015. This changes the focus of the Coalition’s higher education policy away from the funding and regulation of education to research and research training. More...

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Uni staff supporting asylum seekers (Advocate 23 01)

By Jeannie Rea. Many university staff and students are enthusiastic participants and leaders in actions for asylum seekers and refugees organising through union and solidarity groups, as well as on campus. For example, staff at the University of Sydney organised an open letter to the Australian public which called upon the public to join them in condemning the conditions at the on and  off shore mandatory detention centres. More...

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Leading – because no one else will do it (Advocate 23 01)

By Jeannie Rea. Fortunately, over 200 union leaders responded to the call in recognition that if 85 per cent of workers were not joining unions, this is a problem that cannot be avoided or rationalised any longer.
Unfortunately, similar gatherings have been routinely held over the past three decades as private sector union membership and density dwindled, but hopefully this time it will be different. This is not to deny the successes at the same time of unions getting members, keeping members, organising and winning for workers. More...

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Academics’ freedom under attack in Turkey (Advocate 23 01)

By Jeannie Rea. NTEU joined with 20 higher education associations and unions from around the world in expressing grave concern over recent reports of widespread victimisation of members of Turkey’s higher education and research community. More...

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Pearson infiltrating NAPLAN & visas (Advocate 23 01)

By Jeannie Rea. Multinational education corporation Pearson’s contracts with the Victorian and NSW Governments to run parts of the NAPLAN alerted the attention of the Australian Education Union (AEU) to potential conflicts of interest. More...

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