Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 7
Staff at the Nelson and Marlborough campuses of NMIT stopped work yesterday and voted by a large majority to take industrial action to oppose the employer’s proposals to pay them bonuses. In Nelson, a banner competition followed the stop work meeting. Union members walked out into the main green space of campus and shared lunch together, displaying banners, flags and slogans.
NMIT is again offering its staff two 0.5 percent bonuses. The first if it reaches 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 targets for 2013.
Staff said at the stopwork meeting they wanted to be paid fairly for the work they do – teaching and research – rather than hoping for one off bonuses that were linked to things over which they have no control.
TEU organiser Phil Dodds says NMIT can afford pay rises. It ran a large surplus, 4.3 percent of revenue last year, and has just received a glowing educational review with the highest possible rating from the NZ Qualifications Authority.
The polytechnic and union representatives have agreed to resume negotiations on 4 April. Before then union members say they will send a clear message to the polytechnic that staff want increases on the rates rather than one-off bonuses. A small union action group will continue to plan further actions.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- TEU submits to extend Paid Parental Leave
- Lincoln backs away from radical qualifications change
- Women’s Fiesta focuses on child poverty
- TEU launches precarious work campaign
- Education spending crucial to sustainable development
Prime Minister John Key says the Government won’t exercise its financial veto to stop a bill Mondayising Anzac Day and Waitangi Day when they fall on a weekend – TVNZ
68 boxes carried onto Parliament’s forecourt this week contained 393,000 signatures supporting the Keep Our Assets campaign for a public referendum on the sale of state assets. It is thought to be the biggest ever petition in support of a citizen’s initiated referendum – New Zealand Herald
More than 350 young people have signed on as building apprentices since a $2000 bonus became available last Wednesday for the first 10,000 apprentices who sign up – New Zealand Herald