Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 12
Union members at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will be voting on a 2 percent pay rise next month. Four days of negotiations between the two unions, TEU and TIASA, and the whare wānanga concluded successfully last week with a two percent offer backdated to 1 January this year. The pay rise is a union-only benefit, and so will not be passed on to non-union members.
The negotiations had earlier focussed on the whare wānanga’s claims to remove a compassionate grant that provides the whānau of members who die, while still employed, two years of salary. The two sides reached a compromise that will retain the grant but reduce its financial risk to the whare wānanga by reducing it from a maximum of two years full-time salary to the equivalent of one year’s full-time salary and agreement that the parties would work together during the term of the agreement to find alternative solutions that are agreeable to all parties.
The TEU/TIASA bargaining team believes the proposed settlement they reached last week is a good one and are recommending it to union members. A joint-union ratification meeting will take place on 10 May.
TEU organiser Jane Adams says the whare wānanga has demonstrated that it values its staff. Union members have retained the compassionate grant, improved conditions for workloads, hours of work, study leave for professional doctorates, and achieved a 2 percent increase to all allowances, expenses, grants, printed salary rates, and personal salaries. All of which compares very well to many other recent settlements in the tertiary education sector and the wider public sector.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Harmful employment law bill near release
- Cost of education races ahead of inflation
- Parliament debates falling postgrad student numbers
- Politician grabs equal employment opportunities job
Two views on Victoria University’s PBRF coup: “It is pretty clear from these numbers that VUW’s ascendancy to the top of the table is more to do with their disciplined program to reclassify staff, than any actual increase in quality.” (Kiwiblog) vs “Overall there is no evidence that we can see that Victoria has gamed the system in any unreasonable, let alone illicit, manner.” (Ed Insider)
More public holidays are on the way after MPs voted last night 61 to 60 to make Monday a public holiday when Waitangi Day or Anzac Day fall on a weekend – TVNZ
Australians face a A$900 million (US$940 million) cut to their universities’ revenues with a further A$1.4 billion to be slashed from higher education over the next four years so that the federal government can generate some of the A$14.5 billion it plans to allocate to schools – University World News
Richard Hil talks about the long-running industrial strife at Sydney University, the casualisation of the workforce at universities throughout Australia, which he calls an outrageous exploitation of labour, and the need for academic staff to stand up for their colleagues – National Radio