The committee heard casualisation had negative impacts on academic freedom, the student experience, and the wellbeing of casual employees.
Staff are demanding renumeration for six years of unpaid marking and administration work.
The ACNC statistics are alarming: in 2020, the workforce in NSW public universities shrunk by over 13,000.
“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.”
“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.
In an administrative oversight, at least one staff member was sent the email despite having already been offered a conversion.
Decasualisation is possible and from a much worse position than that which Australian university staff now find themselves in.
Speaking with staff about how casualisation is a feminist issue.