Category Archives: 2011

Court rules again: it’s time for bargaining to begin

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 17

TEU has won another significant legal decision against the five polytechnic employers who are refusing to negotiate site based collective agreements.

Last month a full bench of the Employment Court ruled that Northtec, Unitec, Wintec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Whitireia were required to negotiate site based … Continue Reading ››

Wintec councillors award pay-rises, staff next hopefully

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 16

Wintec's ministerially appointed council has awarded pay rises to itself of between 17 and 131 percent, but management has only offered Wintec staff a $700 lump sum payment in the last three years. Indeed, in the last six months it has been making a small number of staff redundant … Continue Reading ››

TEU saves Waikato arts jobs

A change proposal at Waikato’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that was initially forecasting 17 or 18 redundancies has now been called off with nearly all staff keeping their jobs. After consultation, submissions from a range of interested parties, including TEU, and a few voluntary redundancies, the faculty was finally proposing last week to cut just 1.5 full time academic positions

Three pay rises and a lump sum for WITT members

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 13

The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) and TEU members have ratified a collective agreement that will give the union members a 0.75 percent pay rise effective from December last year, a further 2 percent pay rise from February this year, a pro rata lump sum payment of $400, … Continue Reading ››

Wānanga bias against independent union members

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 12

TEU members at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa are dismayed that their employer is offering them less annual leave than members of both the wānanga's in-house union, TUIA, and kaimahi on individual agreements. Kaimahi at the wānanga are entitled to the legal minimum of four weeks annual leave. … Continue Reading ››

Academics flock to union

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 11

Academics at the University of Auckland have been flocking to join TEU since the vice chancellor at the university first began his attempt to remove important conditions from TEU's collective agreement and place them instead in policies where they can change without members having a say. In … Continue Reading ››

NorthTec responds to skills shortage by looking to fire trades teachers

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 10

NorthTec is looking to make three carpentry and electrical engineering trades tutors redundant. The redundancies are a very possible result of an on-going review of the area, as NorthTec tries to cut budgets and save money. Tertiary Education Union organiser Chan Dixon says it is saddening that NorthTec is looking to … Continue Reading ››

Budget Preview 2011

Tertiary Update Volume 14 No 9

With less than two months to the Budget, Tertiary Update takes an extended look at what we can expect from the 19 May Budget and what we might need to see to ensure that our excellent tertiary education system is able to flourish.

In this week's Tertiary Update:

  1. Previous budgets
  2. Earthquakes and austerity
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Too many fixed term jobs for on-going work

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 8

New Zealand tertiary institutions are relying too heavily on casual and temporary labour for jobs that should be permanent says TEU national president Dr Sandra Grey. The growth of casual labour in tertiary education is a growing problem. Dr Grey cites as an example for change the … Continue Reading ››

ITP MECA saga goes back to court

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 7

The on-going saga around the ITP multi-employer collective agreement will head to court one more time. TEU has applied to the Employment Court claiming it should not be required to continue to bargain with the six ex-ITP MECA employers (WITT, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Unitec, NorthTec, Whitireia … Continue Reading ››

PBRF reporting in danger at Auckland Uni

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 6

Over 250 academic TEU members attended a stopwork meeting at the University of Auckland last week and began a ballot on a campaign of escalating industrial action to retain important terms and conditions of employment in their collective employment agreement. This action will cover a range of activities from writing … Continue Reading ››

Recovering from the earthquake

Tertiary Update Volume 14 No 5

As details of Tuesday's horrific earthquake continue to emerge it seems that hundreds of TEU members and their families have seen their workplaces and homes shaken or destroyed TEU national president Sandra Grey said, according to the sketchy reports the union has received so far, no members have been seriously hurt … Continue Reading ››

Aoraki staff suffering back-to-school blues

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 4

Spare a thought for tutors and students at Aoraki Polytechnic where low morale and stress from restructuring means a number of staff have resigned, or are on sick leave, just as the teaching year begins. TEU national president Sandra Grey says morale has been very low generally across Aoraki Polytechnic … Continue Reading ››