Flinders U academic restructure on hold

As expected, the Flinders U branch of the National Tertiary Education Union has notified the Fair Work Commission of a dispute over management’s academic restructure. The university is nominating staff now in teaching and research jobs who it wants to apply for specialist positions in one or other, with no guarantee they will get either. The process is underway in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences with consultations half-way through in science and engineeringeducation psychology and social work and medicine and public health.  The union says, among many other things, the way staff are targeted is “an arbitrary and unfair test inconsistent with the university’s job security obligations.” It wants the commission to withdraw all change processes, “for the revision of both process and content.”  The university’s director, people and culture, Steve Barrett tells staff that the university’s is a “sound process, consistent with outcomes established in the Fair Work Commission,” but that the restructure is now on hold.


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