NTEU is fighting for a Fair Go for University staff

Job security is the most significant issue facing university staff today. It provides employees with greater capacity to organise their work/life balance and plan their futures, and promotes educational quality, academic freedom, and integrity in research and administration. It allows employees to develop their full participation in the life of the university and prevents the use of “redundancy” to deal with perceived performance issues without a fair process.

But barely one-third of employees in higher education now have ongoing employment. This practice reflects a deliberate management policy to transfer risk in the employment relationship onto employees, to create a fearful and compliant workforce.

We want to reverse these trends, and move towards more secure employment. Through enterprise bargaining and other campaigning, join us in the fight for a Fair Go for university staff.

Tell us your stories

We want to hear and share your story – good or bad – about the effects of insecure work on your working and/or private life. Follow the link and fill in the details of your story and we’ll publish it here. It can be anonymous if you prefer.

Join NTEU, and join up a colleague

NTEU members around Australia will be campaigning for a Fair Go for university staff around secure work through 2016/17. If you are not already a member, you’re warmly invited to join here, and join the campaign. The more people involved, the more successful we can be.

If you’re already a member, think about discussing these issues with a colleague and persuading them to also join up and get involved.


The Issues

63.8% of the total number of staff working in our universities are employed on an insecure basis. And those who have secure employment fear for their ongoing security. 

Your Stories

"It puts pressure on me financially, but also adds stress. Having to constantly apply for work is draining."