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SEMINAR: What is the role of unions in the 21st century university?

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Today's date is Tuesday, September 19, 2017
What is the role of unions in the 21st century university? : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Other events...
Australia has some of the strongest anti-union legislation in the OECD, to the extent that they clash with international law that sees the ability to take withdraw labour as a fundamental right. We have the first generation since the Great Depression to be looking at worse living and working conditions than their parents, income inequality is at a record levels. Universities are a microcosm of this, some of the highest paid managers in the world run the universities while real wages of staff decline, stress and workloads increase. University managements hire union busting lawyers to tear up agreements and sue union staff. I will discuss the role of unions in the modern managerial university and the limits to our power as workers to affect the institution that used to be made up of “staff and students” but is increasingly portrayed by management as a business with clients where the staff’s only role is to serve those “clients” and support the organisation’s ability to make a “profit”.
Speaker(s) Professor Stuart Bunt, President of the WA Division of the NTEU, National Executive of the Union, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia
Location Seminar room 1.81 (first floor) Anatomy building, The University of Western Australia
Contact Deborah Hull <deborah.hull@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 3313
URL http://www.aphb.uwa.edu.au/research/seminars
Start Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:00
End Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:00
Submitted by Deborah Hull <deborah.hull@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:42
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