Category Archives: 2011


Quick strike at Weltec restarts negotiations

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 32

After TEU members at Weltec took a lightning strike across Weltec's three campuses (Petone, Wellington and Auckland) earlier this week the union's bargaining team was able to meet with the polytechnic's chief executive. Because of those discussions, TEU members have suspended the threat of further strikes or other industrial … Continue Reading ››

AUT undertakes twenty reviews in four years

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 31

In the last year, AUT has conducted seven separate staffing reviews. While three of these reviews reorganised the university's management structure and did not result in redundancies, the other four identified 8.1 full time equivalent staff as surplus. The biggest job losses were in the certificate … Continue Reading ››

One year masters degrees

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 30

New Zealand universities are considering cutting a year from the traditional five-year programme for a Masters degree to try to compete with Australia in attracting international fee-paying students, according to TVNZ.

Some Australian universities offer a four-year course, compared with the usual five years in … Continue Reading ››
Victoria University of Wellington

Staff and students rally to stop closure at Vic

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 28

Staff and students at Victoria University are rallying today to protest plans to close down the university’s Crime and Justice Research Centre, and to disestablish two lecturer positions in the Political Science and International Relations programme. The university also plans to cut jobs in the … Continue Reading ››

Christchurch Polytechnic wants longer days for teachers

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 27

CPIT is seeking to make its staff teach more hours on more days across the year and give up weeks of leave. Tertiary Education Union (TEU) advocate Kris Smith says it is simply not fair for a polytechnic that has made large surpluses to do this, while not increasing staff … Continue Reading ››
Victoria University of Wellington

TEU challenges change proposals at Victoria

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 26

Victoria University of Wellington is currently undertaking five separate change proposals affecting academic staff. Two of these are located in the Faculty of Education, where management claim there is a surplus staffing situation in the BA programme and in Technology Education. TEU is disputing the workload calculations used to … Continue Reading ››

Surpluses at public institutions raise questions about priorities

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 25

Ministry of Education statistics show the average surplus as a percentage of revenue at public tertiary education providers climbing dramatically from 1.9 percent in 2006 to 5.2 percent last year. In 2006 public tertiary education providers made a combined surplus of $66 million on revenue of $3.5 billion. Last year the same … Continue Reading ››

Universities need to face up to aging workforce

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 24

TEU National President Sandra Grey believes that Universities NZ should take a greater leadership role in addressing the ageing workforce problem it has identified. Universities NZ has rightly identified that New Zealand universities need to recruit between 560 and 920 new academics each year for the next ten years to … Continue Reading ››

$500,000 increase in legal fees and consultants

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 23

The five polytechnics that have, until last week, refused to negotiate site-based collective agreements with their staff members have also so far refused official information requests to disclose how much money they are spending on legal fees and consultants in their efforts to avoid negotiations. However, recently printed annual reports at two … Continue Reading ››

Judges tell polytechnics to get Ready2Go

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 22

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that five polytechnics must bargain site-based collective agreements with their staff members who are union members. The five polytechnics – NorthTec, Unitec, Wintec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Whitireia – had refused to bargain site-based agreements after union members voted in February that was … Continue Reading ››
signing petition

WITT-less polytechnic gang face growing opposition

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 21

A petition calling on the chief executives of Whitireia, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, NorthTec, Unitec and Wintec to start negotiating with their staff is drawing a steady stream of signatures since it was launched yesterday. Since being abandoned by the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT), which settled a … Continue Reading ››
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Prime Minister proposes anti-union laws if re-elected

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 20

Prime Minister John Key said yesterday that, if re-elected, a National-led Government would introduce further changes to employment law. National Radio reported that the Prime Minister was reluctant to spell out what changes National might make to employment law, refusing to say whether they include further restrictions on collective bargaining. … Continue Reading ››

Unitec cuts pay for academics, but not management

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 19

Unitec's annual report shows that the total amount it paid its academic staff last year fell $160,000 from the previous year. However, in the same period salaries and short-term employee benefits for key management personnel increased by nearly 3.5 percent, and the new slimmed down council accepted average pay increases of … Continue Reading ››

Campaign to kick-start bargaining at five polytechnics

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 18

TEU members at five polytechnics will launch a major campaign on Friday evening to convince their employers that it is time to give up the legal challenges and start bargaining for site collective agreements as the Employment Court agreed should happen. TEU national president Sandra Grey TEU … Continue Reading ››