Staff are demanding renumeration for six years of unpaid marking and administration work.
“It seems that everyone now knows systematic underpayment occurs in Australian universities — everyone, that is, except our managers.”
Claims of wage theft were referred to as “a mistaken belief that casual academic staff are entitled to be paid for any time spent at their discretion and choice.”
Enrolment numbers will determine what will be cut, merged or otherwise diminished.
“Once again the University's response appears very much to be 'why pay your staff correctly when legally you can get away with underpaying them?'”
Critics have said that the apology is not enough.
For casual staff, working while ill is not an anomaly but points to systemic exploitation in the university model.
Situating the crisis within Australian universities and analysing our responses to it.
Findings of a new survey of casual staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences show that workers are overworked, underpaid and deeply concerned about their futures.