24/11/2020 Wage theft and casual work are built into university business models Close Academic rigour, journalistic flair Richard Milnes/Newzulu Wage theft and casual work are built into university business models October 27, 2020 5.46am AEDT The COVID crisis has exposed the destructive consequences of an over-reliance on Author casual labour across the economy. Australian universities provide one of the clearest examples of this. For the past two decades, universities have leaned into international student fees on the revenue side and casual workers on the expense side. Damien Cahill Associate Professor, Department of This approach effectively shifted the risks of the international student fee market Political Economy, University of Sydney onto insecurely employed staff with few entitlements or employment rights. Since the pandemic caused international student fee revenue to dry up, thousands of casual university staff have lost their jobs. Read more: More than 70% of academics at some universities are casuals. They're losing work and are cut out of JobKeeper This is a devastating consequence of the business model of universities intersecting with the federal government’s ideological aversion to universities accessing JobKeeper. https://theconversation.com/wage-theft-and-casual-work-are-built-into-university-business-models-147555 1/5

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