The Australian Greens today called on Curtin University management to reverse any moves to make their academic workforce redundant and force them to reapply for a smaller pool of jobs. Curtin University has begun this process by spilling all academic positions across four schools, with at least 45 positions being abolished.
Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, a Curtin graduate, said the move was “beyond belief”.
“This is an unprecedented attack on university staff and the students they educate. Curtin University’s move to sack its entire academic staff and force them to scramble for a drastically slashed number of positions is outrageous. This will not only undermine wages and conditions, it will gravely diminish Curtin’s capacity to operate as a university.
“The University Council meeting this Wednesday night should reverse the mass redundancies and reject any future plans to roll this appalling scheme out across the entire university.
“If Labor or the Coalition pursues their shared plan to cut billions from higher education funding, this kind of industrial warfare will be replicated by management at universities across the country – with devastating results for Australia’s research sector, economy, and society. It must be stopped here.”
Greens spokesperson for higher education Lee Rhiannon said "If Curtin University management is allowed to get away with this appalling attack on academic jobs it will set a dangerous precedent for industrial disputes on campuses across the country.
"Academic jobs are on the chopping block at Swinburne, Sydney and NSW universities and there is industrial action across all Victorian campuses.
“It is unacceptable for university management to purge their existing loyal employees without any due process.
“This is tantamount to sacking an entire workforce. Staff are in the dark as to whether they will be given any preference against external applicants in the race for a smaller pool of jobs”, said Senator Rhiannon.