Underpayment problem at Uni Melbourne

The Faculty of Arts says sessionals they can ask for a review of what they were paid

A message from the faculty states, it previously “had in place a practice of paying casual employees a set rate for marking which, on occasion, may have resulted in the casual not being paid for the entire hours actually worked.”

The faculty was paying people according to its own performance expectations, which were marking 4000 words/20 papers an hour, rather than hours worked.

This, as the National Tertiary Education Union argued long and hard, was in breach of the university’s enterprise agreement.

So, sessional staff now can ask for a review of what they were paid. Learned readers urge people who do get the email to pass it on to others no longer in-touch with the university, or refer them direct.

The Arts under-count looks like a pay problem of the same sort as occurred at Uni Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems between June 2015 and December 2018 (CMM October 30 2019).