WITT backtracks on closing courses

Posted By TEU on Nov 19, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 39

The Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) has withdrawn plans for a course-cutting review after criticism from TEU.

The polytechnic announced on Monday that it was planning to cut courses and staff numbers, and to increase class sizes.

TEU criticised the media statements, saying they were a breach of WITT’s legal duty of good faith.

WITT is required, under its agreement with TEU, to consult on any reviews or restructuring and genuinely consider any advice union members give before finalising any details.

Following a letter from TEU organiser Lawrence O’Halloran, WITT chief Barbara George has ceased the review and agreed to meet with TEU.

She acknowledged TEU concerns over both the timing and the information released.

In a statement last night, George said that “unfortunate events” had got in the way of the process and she wanted to avoid further escalation of the matters.

In an email last night to TEU she said she wanted to work constructively with TEU to address “the issues of real importance, which is to ensure WITT’s ongoing viability and the student success of particular courses”.

O’Halloran says WIT TEU members will hold a union meeting on 23 November after which a delegation will  meet with George to share TEU members’ views with her, and discuss what occurred  and how she intends to remedy her actions to date.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. AUT staff withhold marks to lift pay
  2. Cleaners join TEU’s campaign for Canterbury living wage
  3. NZCER votes on 2.5 percent pay rises
  4. TEC raises performance funding thresholds
  5. ILO warns against new age of austerity

Other news

On the weekend before the Paris Climate talks, beginning 28 November, millions of people worldwide will take to the streets in the world’s largest ever mobilisation on climate change Here, we want to create the biggest climate march New Zealand has ever seen, a march that shows our government – and the world – that we can create a better future – YouTube

The first meeting of the Pay Equity Working Group is an important milestone in the work to deal with equal pay claims – Ministers Paula Bennett and Michael Woodhouse

The national student union is encouraging students who may have been shortchanged by the way the government implemented the Social Security Act to file today to claim back any money owed before legislation is passed retrospectively changing the law – NZUSA

Education International wishes to convey its sincere condolences to all of those affected by recent terrorist attacks, but especially those in Paris, in Beirut and over the Sinai desert. The barbarity and inhumanity of these attacks defies the understanding of civilised people everywhere – Education International

A lockout of Wairoa freezing workers who refused to sign individual agreements has been deemed illegal. The Employment Court issued a statement on Tuesday saying the AFFCO plant unlawfully breached the Employment Act by locking out 170 staff who refused to sign new individual contracts – Stuff

On 1 October this year the Education Benevolent Society (previously known as EBS) changed its trading name to HealthCarePlus – TEU

Thanks to Gonzalobaeza at Wikimedia for the photo – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:New_Plymouth_-_Coastal_Walkway.jpg


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