LA TROBE University Bendigo’s open day was interrupted by union campaigning.
La Trobe University staff protested at the open days at its multiple campuses to bring attention to stalled collective agreement negotiations.
Bendigo staff wore National Tertiary Education Union T-shirts and handed out leaflets to prospective students.
NTEU La Trobe branch vice-president Dr Graeme Byrne said the majority of staff boycotted the open day.
Dr Byrne said education staff felt ‘‘insulted’’ by a new time allocation and work load system implemented by the university.
The system uses points to determine how many hours have been worked during a week.
‘‘The scheme is inconsistent and poorly understood.
"It is widely felt it was designed by management to prevent staff from calculating accurately what
their workload should be and challenging excessive workloads.
‘‘The university seems to take the view that staff aren’t working hard enough. It’s insulting.’’ Dr Byrne said the academics feel the new system is a push to increase their workload at expense of time to do their research.
‘‘It’s not that academics don’t work long hours, it’s just they don’t want to be ordered to.’’
Dr Byrne said an end to the dispute is not in sight and action like at the open day would be ongoing.
‘‘In our last meeting with the university, there didn’t appear to be a softening of their view, but there must be a compromise eventually.’’