Tertiary Update Volume 12 Number 12
With just a few votes yet to be counted, TEU members at the country’s eight universities have again endorsed a bargaining strategy that seeks a nationwide university collective employment agreement. If successful, the strategy would see twenty-one existing collective agreements across eight universities amalgamated into just two: one for academic staff and one for general staff.
About 90 percent of TEU members who are academic staff and 94 percent of general staff members around the country who voted, endorsed the national bargaining strategy. Other unions representing different staff at various universities are also balloting their members on the strategy and although not all the votes have been counted yet, it seems likely that they also will endorse the strategy.
“As in the past, there is strong support for national bargaining,” said TEU deputy secretary Nanette Cormack, “because people see that it’s the best way to achieve our goals, and especially to get some consistency of working conditions and terms of employment across the sector. Members have professional and industrial connections that are wider than just their own university.”
Ms Cormack says that the next stage of the national bargaining process will be to develop a refined set of national claims that reflect the goals of the members. This is already underway, with meetings taking place this week and next week to canvass members’ opinions on the most important issues they face.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- A year in the military to pay for study
- OECD wants lower wage bill for NZ edcation worker
- Tairāwhiti plans to keep local students
- Waikato celebrates KÄ«ngitanga day as Māori staff redundancies loom
- Investment in universities provides good returns
- Bishop tries to ban Obama from university speech
TEU Tertiary Update is published weekly on Thursdays and distributed freely to members of the Tertiary Education Union and others. Back issues are available on the TEU website. Direct inquiries should be made to Stephen Day, email: http://scr.im/stephenday