Union members at the University of Auckland are disappointed by management plans published last week to cut 45 full-time equivalent jobs in Libraries and Learning Services Te Tumu Herenga.
Management plans include proposals to close a significant number of service points across the university, reducing the number of places students can go to receive expert learning and research support.
A number of people will also see their job levels downgraded as a result of the proposals. For some this will mean a cut in the amount they take home to support their whānau.
“We understand the way students access information is changing, but what’s been set out by management goes beyond modernising services and actually cuts back on the places students can go to get expert support. This speaks to the broader issue of a failed government funding model that is forcing our public institutions to function like businesses, rather than on the
learning, research and teaching needs of their students and staff,” Enzo Giordani, organiser of the Tertiary Education Union at the University of Auckland, said.
The plans will result in an immediate net loss of 15.5 full-time equivalent jobs, which will increase over time as the CAI, Tamaki and Epsom libraries close down over the next few years.
“The timing of management’s announcement doesn’t make sense in the context of the government’s vision for education. It has outlined an ambitious plan to review our education system as a whole, to look at what we’re doing and to make change to ensure an inclusive, public education system focused on meeting the needs of learners. It’s hard to understand why the University would want to make major changes to the way students are supported in their learning before we’ve talked as a country about what we want from our education system,” Giordani added.
Consultation on the plans is open until 30 April.