Casual staff in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Macquarie U believed they were not being paid the rate they should be for “small group teaching activities”
According to the University; “there was a dispute concerning the characterisation of casual work in the department. The Fair Work Commission was involved in early discussions. In subsequent discussions, the parties agreed to resolve the dispute by payments to some staff. The payments totalled $50,000.”
Macquarie U observers say management and the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union are now expected to review teaching activities against industrially agreed payment structures across the university.