UNSW Annual Report Reveals Potentially Millions in Wage Theft

The Annual Report of the University of New South Wales, released last Friday, reveals potential wage theft of up to $36million.

In the report the auditor raises the issue of “provision for underpayments of casual academics” as a key matter.

The University appears to have made provision of up to $36million to compensate for casual wage theft.

Quotes attributable to Dr Damien Cahill, NTEU NSW Secretary:

“The NTEU has consistently raised the issue of wage theft with UNSW management since concerns were noted by our members in 2019. Following NTEU demands, the management announced an audit of casual underpayments last year. Management are now reviewing all academic casual payments between the years 2014-2020.”

“The budgeted provision for potentially $36million in underpayments is shocking, but not surprising. Insecure employment is out of control in universities. Wage theft is baked into the university business model.”

“We will be pressing University management for an explanation of this figure when we meet with them. Potentially thousands of casual staff may have been underpaid.”

“It is high time to end rampant casualisation in the higher education sector. All workers deserve jobs they can rely upon, and to be paid for all of the hours they work.”

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