Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 11
Next Monday Campus Living Villages Ltd staff will get a mondayised ANZAC Day holiday for the first time. Mondayisation means that public holidays that fall during the weekend, such as ANZAC Day this year, shift to the following Monday. In the past, Campus Living staff have not had their Waitangi Days or ANZAC Days mondayised.
However, TEU members have just negotiated a new collective agreement under last year’s amended holidays law, meaning this year they will get an ANZAC Day holiday, despite the day itself falling on Saturday. Their agreement is now consistent with, and protects improvements in the Holidays Act.
Union members unanimously ratified a new two-year collective agreement that also increases pay by 2.25 percent for each of the two years and includes a commitment from Campus Living employers to investigate introducing the Living Wage.
Local TEU organiser Phil Dodds, who negotiated the new agreement, says two out of every seven ANZAC and Waitangi Days fall on the weekend.
“This agreement gives staff more long weekends to spend with their family and friends at times that are culturally important to New Zealand.”
Dodds says many staff at Campus Living are not paid a Living Wage yet, so two years of pay rises that are above inflation, and a commitment to look at moving to the Living Wage are real gains for union members.
“Pay rises, public holidays and the Living Wage campaign are all valuable to low paid staff. They are the tangible benefits that come from being actively involved in the union,” says Dodds.
Union members will receive the pay rise from the new agreement two months earlier than non-union members.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Time to ask reason for polytechnic mergers
- Wānanga councils need to reveal consultation plan
- Lincoln out of step
- Universities compete over Auckland students
- Australian universities face corruption allegations
‘Huggard says workers the union has spoken to have said their patience is wearing thin. He suggested that employees join unions. “People often don’t realise how bargaining collectively can make a big difference. Last year 98 per cent of people who bargained in a collective got some sort of pay rise. Just 48 per cent who went in it alone got a positive result.’ – New Zealand Herald
Thousands of New Zealanders living overseas are facing bankruptcy because they are in denial about their mounting student loan debt, a tax specialist says. – Radio NZ
David Mitchell tells what it was like in university for him and why he doesn’t think the British university system is fair right now – YouTube
Universities are going to have to cumulatively shoulder an extra $330,000 financial burden because of an increase in copyright licences, but the cost won’t be passed on to students – New Zealand Herald