Australian universities “premised on casualisation and wage theft”

The Fair Work Ombudsman is currently investigating 11 universities nationwide for allegedly underpaying their staff.

This comes after a Senate inquiry into wage theft revealed in March that half the nation’s 40 universities have been implicated in staff underpayment.

Meanwhile, analysis of employment data from eight universities in Victoria highlights the growing issue of insecure jobs in the higher education sector. These universities employ nearly 50,000 people in total, and more than half of them are casual or fixed-term jobs:

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