Education in Brief: week-long strike at Melbourne University

The longest large-scale strike action at an Australian university campus in a while sees Union members calling for better pay and more secure jobs.

All National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) members at the University of Melbourne stopped work from midday on Monday 28 August for a strike that may last up to a week, in what the NTEU claims will be the longest large-scale strike action at an Australian university campus for a decade or more.

Members from the Faculty of Arts, Melbourne Law School, the Victorian College of the Arts School of Art, student services, stagecraft and the library voted last week to take action, after representatives of the Vice-Chancellor, Duncan Maskell, did not engage on a number of issues, including job security, pay, workloads and flexible working arrangements. Of particular concern for the strikers is the limiting of the university’s constant restructures of departments and use of rolling fixed-term contracts.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk