Union members across New Zealand will come together tomorrow to celebrate the contribution general staff make to their institutions.
They go by many names – general staff, professional staff, allied staff – and they are crucial to making sure students enjoy a quality learning experience.
The Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) General Staff Day is an annual celebration and some Vice-Chancellors and Chief Executives agree to give their general staff an extended lunch break, which is used to host various events.
Nanette Cormack, deputy secretary of the TEU, said the purpose of General Staff Day is to celebrate the contribution general staff members make to the union and to their workplace.
“For many general staff it is a chance to speak as a group about the challenges they face – workload pressures, pay systems that don’t always recognise experience and loyalty, or job insecurity as a result of restructuring and redundancies.”