The branch of the NTEU University of Western Australia (UWA) recently filed a formal dispute with the university`s management in order to reverse the systemic deterioration in the salaries and conditions of UWA casual employees. The dispute was submitted on the basis of a campaign “Staff working conditions are learning conditions for students”, which united the efforts of staff and students to improve teaching and learning standards by improving the employment conditions of casual workers. As a result of these measures, a wide range of evidence was collected and anonymized samples were shared with management on May 31, 2019 through a Dispute Resolution Communication. The dispute describes the nature of underpayments by casual academic staff and specifically suggests that the university: they say the proposed variant results in a 10% pay cut of up to US$247 per two weeks for some employees and a pay cut of up to US$6420 per year for professionals. The proposed amendment provides two weeks of paid COVID-19 leave for all employees and ensures income assistance for all permanent employees laid off due to the effects of COVID-19 (employees of public universities have been excluded from the federal government`s JobKeeper program). It also postpones a salary increase for January 2021 for six months and removes the payment of the annual vacation charge to employees this year. Many of the UWA senior managers responsible for the design and implementation of the renewal plan have left their roles at the university. Professor Paul Johnson (Vice-Chancellor), Sandra Ventre (Director of Human Resources), Paula Langley (Executive Director of Human Resources), Pranay Lodhiya (Executive Director of Corporate Services) and Michael Chaney (Chancellor) all left. Shortly after the NTEU filed the dispute over the occasional payment, it was announced that Vice Chancellor Dawn Freshwater would also leave the UWA next year to take the reins of the University of Auckland. NTEU members opposed to the EAV fear that the treaty change will not save jobs, but show management that workers are easy goals. . .

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