Here are some reflections on the NTEU’s Insecure Work Conference which just finished in Hobart. You can see the schedule here, some bios of the speakers here, what was said on Twitter under the #securework hashtag is here, and you can watch the recorded speakers here or read the presentations here. (Warning: charts. So many charts.)

This isn’t a conference report, as we weren’t everywhere. But it’s about some of the issues that arose for us. So settle in.

On both days, we listened to a mix of speakers presenting on labour market research data, or on the bigger context for the state of the Australian higher education labour market: where the funding comes from, what the impact of this is on hiring practices, what assumptions lie behind the thinking of management and the actions of unions in response, and how the concept of labour as a whole is trending rapidly towards…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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