'Battered and broken. I must get out': what staff told us about teaching and working in universities today

Nik Taylor, Zoei Sutton

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Abstract

The current funding crisis in New Zealand universities has not happened in a vacuum. It is a byproduct of the neoliberal “reforms” introduced here in the 1980s and which have affected every aspect of university work.

Nor is this confined to New Zealand. The stress on corporate capitalism, adoption of business practices, and prioritisation of economic goals over all others has transformed higher education in the western world.

We see this time and again when universities cite financial losses and implement staff cuts. This has many consequences, including the exploitation of unpaid labour by casual staff. Submissions to the Australian Senate Select Committee on Job Security suggested underpayment of casual teaching staff in Australian universities is rampant.

The same applies in New Zealand, but the problem is likely worse than we know, with precarious workers unlikely to complain about their working conditions for fear of compromising future employment prospects...
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Academia
  • University funding
  • University staff
  • Working conditions

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