Workers in our universities deserve to be paid properly for what they do. 

A shameful and growing list of employers have been caught out engaging in wage theft by underpaying casual staff, and campaigns by members have recovered millions of dollars in payments for those who have been underpaid.

Underpayment is both systemic and systematic, and has long since passed the threshold of wage theft, to the point where this exploitation of workers, especially those casually employed is part of the business model of many employers.

Under-payments come in many forms - paying for fewer hours than the work takes, paying piece rates for marking instead of time taken, and sham contracting to undercut the Award and Agreement entitlements entirely are just some of the ways that workers are underpaid. Some employers claim that the rights to pay that they themselves negotiated with NTEU are too complex to administer. They aren't really, just pay the rates you agreed to.

It's going to take all of us to win secure jobs and stop wage theft. Join today  and get involved in NTEU campaigns on your campus!


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Want to find out more?

Check out the FAQs on Wage Justice
Read the NTEU submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security
Read the NTEU submission to the Senate Economic References Committee - Wage Theft Inquiry
Check out the NTEU issues paper 'The Growth of Insecure Employment in Higher Education'