Hundreds rally to stop Waikato cuts

Posted By TEU on Jun 9, 2016 |


Over 300 people who work and study at the University of Waikato held a black rally yesterday to prevent cuts to their courses and jobs.

The rally, which the local TEU branch organised at very short notice, drew a large and diverse crowd, most dressed in black.

TEU’s deputy secretary Nanette Cormack, who spoke at the rally, says the proposed cuts are widespread.

Talking to Newstalk ZB she said there is a strong outpouring of support from people working at the university and from many of the students.

“These jobs are important to Hamilton itself in terms of the economy, but also important to the young people who live and want to study in Hamilton,” said Cormack.

The university wants to cut the jobs of more than 20 people at the Faculty of Education. These people help new teachers learn the skills they need to teach our young children.

The University of Waikato plans to sell off its Pathways College to a multinational company. People working at Pathways help hundreds of school-leavers get the foundation skills they need to go to university.

The university also wants to cut jobs for telephonists and engineering staff.

Cormack says the university needs to hear from local people that these cuts are unnecessary, unwanted and unhelpful.

“We know that the people of Hamilton and the Waikato do not want these cuts to their university.”

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