Australian tertiary instruction union facilitates “spill and fill” offensive at Macquarie University

On best of more than 300 position losses at Sydney’s Macquarie College in 2020, the management has applied a brutal “Hunger Games”-type procedure to lower many dozen extra positions this year, forcing educators to compete towards just about every other for survival.

An NTEU rally at Macquarie University in 2020 (WSWS Media)

The specific amount of positions eradicated continues to be intentionally clouded. Men and women are remaining inspired to consider “voluntary redundancies,” which lowers the selection of formally described compelled redundancies.

This operation has been allowed to take place by the Nationwide Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). It has opposed any unified struggle against the cuts at Macquarie and the deepening destruction of work, circumstances and courses throughout the region as the federal government and the college managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate the company “reinvention” of universities.

A new letter from the NTEU’s Macquarie department to Bruce Dowton, the university’s president and vice chancellor, typifies the union’s purpose.

In response to the enormous work cuts—approximately 10 per cent of workers and rising—and the elevated workloads, rigidity and stress amongst the remaining personnel, the union’s appeals to administration can be defined only by an fundamental agreement with the ideas getting applied at the behest of the Morrison authorities and huge enterprise.

There is no demand from customers that the redundancies be reversed. Fairly, it is “requested” that redundant staff members have accessibility to the information foremost to the determination to cut their position, so that the “process” can be “transparent.”

Offered that the overall “spill and fill” procedure was conducted inside of the framework of the “change process” set out in the NTEU’s organization agreement with administration, this plea amounts to a digital guarantee that no positions, or only a tiny range, will be reinstated.