Allied. Professional. General. They come by many names, and are found in all sorts of roles in all manner of institutions. One thing’s for sure, however. Next Wednesday is their day. And this year it has a something extra.
Over a dozen sites will play host to TEU General Staff Day on 2 July. TEU describes it as an opportunity to celebrate the technicians, librarians, administrators, cleaners, maintenance, security staff and others who do so much to keep the tertiary education sector humming.
Pizza, cake, barbeques, quizzes and open discussion are all on the menu for the hundreds of TEU members who will attend General Staff Day events throughout the country.
The day is possible with the support of the institutions’ chief executives and vice-chancellors.
In a first for General Staff Day, TEU will be releasing a paper: ‘Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the blueprint for general staff’ at the University of Waikato.
TEU national president Lesley Francey said the blueprint offered a vision for general staff that was more collaborative and secure than the current government’s direction. She said she thought releasing it on General Staff Day made sense.
“Our general staff are fundamental to giving New Zealand students the world class learning and tertiary education that they expect and deserve,”
“They contribute so much every day. For at least one day a year, the TEU wants to say ‘thanks’, and ask what more we can do to support those who support others.”
Lesley Francey said general staff should use the day to speak as a group about the different challenges they face at work.
“From restructurings to recognition on the job, we want to know how general staff are getting on, and what battles our union ought to be fighting today and tomorrow.”
Lesley Francey will be spending General Staff Day with members from the University of Auckland where the a Faculty Administration Review will affect hundreds of staff.
“At least they will know TEU values them even if their employer doesn’t.”