Employment


For people working in the aged residential, disability and home support sectors, gender biased low wages should be a thing of the past, the TEU said following a landmark decision to settle an equal pay case. The proposed equal pay settlement will make a huge difference to 55,000 mainly female caregivers and is a significant step towards addressing gender inequality in New Zealand. Care and support workers will see their pay lift to...

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University of Otago management could be about to propose a major shake-up of the way general staff work at the university, once the results of a support services review currently underway are known. It is widely expected that the review, which started in 2015, will recommend services are shared across the whole institution rather than replicated in separate departments. The job losses that are likely to result follow cuts made to the...

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Proposed cuts to the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) will jeopardise the study options available to current and future students, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley, was told on Tuesday at a rally attended by staff and students. The VC plans to cut seventeen teaching jobs from music, religious studies, political science and public policy, screen and media, history, linguistics and women,...

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The Ministry of Education has agreed to progress a pay equity claim for education support workers, following mediation talks on Monday. The talks are the latest stage in a long running campaign for education support workers to be paid the same as their male counterparts. Education support workers earn $16-19 an hour for their work with vulnerable children – around $6 an hour less than men in similar jobs. Monday’s talks were first to...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 12 Tertiary education staff fear speaking out about issues happening in their institutions, yet in comments earlier this week, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Paul Goldsmith, chose to ignore the problem. Goldsmith was responding to recent media coverage about free speech on university campuses following publication of open letter signed by 27 high-profile New Zealanders. The letter came one week after...

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The TEU has expressed concerns after the findings of a staff survey at the Ara Institute of Canterbury were released to the media before staff. The survey sought feedback on a range of areas, including staff wellbeing, collaboration and communication. Having asked for feedback on communication, senior leaders then decided to bypass staff by releasing the results to the media first. Managers have been told they can access the results...

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