Auckland University of Technology (AUT) staff are rallying at 10am this morning just hours before they re-enter employment negotiations with the university.
TEU members at AUT have not been releasing student or course marks to AUT for inputting into its database this week to get an improved salary offer from the university.
Pay at AUT and at all New Zealand universities is falling behind comparable private sector salary increases, says TEU’s national industrial officer Irena Brorens.
“AUT is in a financial position where it can afford better pay for the people who work for its students.”
TEU members are seeking a relatively modest pay rise of 2.5 percent for each of the next two years.
Brorens says members are hope that negotiations today will avert the need for more industrial action.
“We think the university has the power to solve this dispute quickly and easily.”
“Members working at universities are always very reluctant to take any action that affects our students,” says Brorens.
“It is entirely possible for the university to settle this agreement before any student is affected. This is what we want to do.”
The strike notice is valid for a week, until Sunday 22 November.
Brorens says no further actions are scheduled or planned and that union members are hopeful today’s negotiations will resolve the dispute.
”If they don’t we will consider our options tomorrow,” says Brorens.