Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 6
Union members at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) will hold a stopwork meeting next Wednesday to consider whether to take industrial action or not.
The polytechnic and its staff who are TEU members are currently in negotiations over their employment agreement. The union members want a two percent per year pay rise. The polytechnic is offering a one percent pay rise for each year and two one-off bonuses of half a percent each. In the first year, the first 0.5 percent bonus is subject to NMIT reaching a surplus three percent of its revenue. The second 0.5 percent one-off bonus is subject to NMIT having achieved its course completion and qualification completion EPI targets for 2013. In the second year the bonuses will be attached to the same targets but will go onto the pay scale instead of being one-off rewards.
TEU members have opposed the bonus payments in negotiations, saying they have no control over whether the polytechnic makes a surplus or not.
“That is mostly down to government funding cuts,” said TEU Branch President David Blanchet. “Some actions that might help run a surplus, such as cutting courses and increasing class sizes are not only out of our hands as teachers, but also bad for education. Likewise, there should not be a financial incentive to pass more students if it means lowering the standards of education or graduating students who are not ready to graduate.”
David Blanchet expects the stopwork meeting next week will show the extent to which union members are concerned about NMIT’s on-going use of bonuses in place of proper pay rises.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Canterbury prepares to slash Arts College again
- Awanuiārangi claims cut to compassionate grant
- Government scraps bonus scheme for early loan repayments
- Massey lobbies for eight percent fee rise
Thirty-six TEU branch presidents met in Wellington this week at a national forum to plan their actions and campaigns for the year – photos
The Government announced today that the apprenticeship Re-boot subsidy, one of the outcomes of the industry training review, will commence immediately instead of 1 April as previously signalled. A further change from the earlier announcement on 25 January is that the Re-boot subsidy will now be available to new Modern Apprentices at Level 3 and 4 in 2013 as well as all industry trainees enrolled in a programme of study at Level 4 of 120 credits or more in 2013 and beyond – Real Skills
A prominent Singaporean academic who has been critical of the country’s ruling party was denied tenure for a second time. Cherian George, an associate professor of journalism at Nanyang Technological University, has written about the restrictions on the press imposed by the People’s Action Party – Inside Higher Ed
Germany’s Free State of Bavaria is now set to phase out tuition fees. Its Christian Social-Free Democrat coalition government has worked out a political deal that would compensate higher education for losses –University World News
Britain’s tertiary education union UCU is holding a day of action on 6 March 2013 protesting against the over-use of casual contracts in UK further and higher education – UCU