TEU members at CPIT remain on strike this week after CPIT refused to change its position from that it presented last week. TEU organiser Phil Dodds says members plan to stay on strike until CPIT improves its employment offer.
“Academics and tutors at CPIT just want to retain their existing terms and conditions. They are not asking for anything new or special that tutors around the rest of the country don’t get. They just want to keep their leave and working hours entitlements that are common in polytechnics around the country.” Members have also offered a number of alternatives to CPIT so as to meet the employer’s requirements for productivity gains.
“Many staff here left their respective industries and took pay cuts to come to this job because they wanted to teach, but also because they were willing to trade income for a better work-life balance that employees can have a choice about in their ‘total remuneration’ package.”
“TEU members are frustrated and feel that CPIT is not listening to their concerns or compromises,” said Mr Dodds.