Years of funding cuts, low pay rises and constant reviews and restructuring at polytechnics need to end says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs.
Eight polytechnics are currently negotiating new collective agreements or will start negotiations soon. They include NMIT, Wintec, Open Polytechnic, Otago, NorhTec, Aoraki and SIT.
Riggs says all those people deserve a decent pay rise after bearing the brunt of the government’s ongoing austerity approach to tertiary education.
“TEU’s first goal this year is to protect our collective agreements, to achieve pay increases and to give as many staff as possible the chance to join the union and to get the benefit of those agreements.”
“A strong collective agreement that everyone can belong to is the best way of giving people better pay and fair working conditions. And good working conditions are the best way to retain staff and protect learning conditions for students.”