Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 39
Two pay rises over the next two years, one of three percent and one of 2.5 percent will go to TEU members at Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa – NZCA if they vote to accept a recently negotiated settlement. The proposed settlement also offers TEU members a further two percent on completion of a masters qualification, and three percent on completion of a doctorate. All TEU members will also qualify under the new agreement for five weeks’ annual leave on appointment, rather than having to complete four years’ service before they get five weeks’ annual leave.
TEU advocate Chan Dixon says the negotiations with Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa – NZCA were constructive and the negotiating team is recommending members vote for the proposed settlement.
“We made good progress on the issues members raised. Te Tari Puna Ora was willing to recognise the important education role that all of its teaching staff play, and that Pouako play for both its students and other staff, which meant we could make good progress with the big issues members raised before negotiations.”
The TEU negotiating team made significant efforts improving recognition for Pouako. A completely new clause, entitled ‘Pouako’, will now go into the collective agreement. That clause recognises Pouako specialties by way of a $1500 allowance for their leadership in matauranga Maori me te reo Maori. Pouako will also get an additional three days per year as a separate allowance to attend Pouako hui. The team also achieved an increase to the overnight allowance for noho marae from $50 to $100.
“When many other employers are undermining the professionalism of their staff by cutting working conditions and stifling their pay its good to see an employer working constructively with TEU to promote professionalism,” said Ms Dixon.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Treasury ponders private benefits of research
- PEETO members win salaries and increments
- Student fee rises continue unabated
- University of Auckland general staff challenge performance pay
- Plan to lift pay becomes election issue
According to research by University of Waikato student Alison Thirlwall, who graduates this week with a doctorate on workplace bullying in polytechnics and institutes of technology, bullying is usually the by-product of an already troubled workplace and by avoiding responsibility, workplaces contribute to the problem – University of Waikato
Documents relating to a controversial trade deal that spans the Pacific, including New Zealand, will be kept secret for four years after it is signed. An Auckland University law professor and staunch opponent of the talks Jane Kelsey says the secrecy is extreme even by the standards of recent negotiations – Radio NZ
The Occupy Wall Street movement has an academic heritage that spans political science, economics, and literature, but its organising principles owe a debt to an ethnography of Madagascar – Chronicle of Higher Education
So is the problem for Aoraki to do with courses that don’t easily fit into tick boxes, or is it to do with their confusion over where creativity sits in their curriculum? …Aoraki’s end decision about course-cutting will reveal much about its philosophy of education and its vision, or lack of it, for the future – Jenny Powell in the Otago Daily Times
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