Sydney University joins the wage thieves

Last week, Australia’s richest university – the University of Melbourne – headed by the $1.5 million vice-chancellor Duncan Maskell, was embroiled in a major wage theft case involving 1500 staff:

Millions of dollars are being quietly repaid to at least 1,500 academics in a “wage theft” case involving four faculties at Australia’s richest tertiary institution, the University of Melbourne.

The dispute involves university management classifying tutorials as “practice classes” to avoid paying staff the full rate, therefore reducing wages by up to a third.

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