TEU members work together collectively to safeguard and enhance our industrial, professional and educational goals. Below are some of the issues that we campaign on.

Gender Equity Toolkit

Welcome to the gender equity toolkit. The National Women’s Committee Te Kahurangi Māreikura of the Tertiary Education Union developed this kit to promote gender equity in Aotearoa. While much of this kit is directed at the tertiary education sector, many of the resources available are easily adaptable for other sectors. Gender equity will only be […]

Pay well. Pay fairly.

A fair pay system is one where you know why you are paid what you are and what you need to do to progress. TEU’s new pay model removes bias or arbitrary decisions by giving all general staff yearly steps through a pay scale that is specific to the job you do. TEU believes all […]

Love Humanities

Love Humanities is a TEU campaign to reclaim the mission of universities set out in the 1989 Education Act to develop a tertiary education system that: provides for a diversity of teaching and research that fosters, throughout the system contributes to the development of cultural and intellectual life in New Zealand strengthens New Zealand’s knowledge […]

TEU National Elections 2016

Documents: Nomination form Returning Officer’s Report, 13 October 2016 Returning officer Nanette Cormack declares the following candidates elected as they were valid nominations and were unopposed when nominations closed at 5pm on Thursday 6 October. Te Toi Ahurangi: Two Te Tumu Awhina Huhana Wātene Margaret Taurere One women’s representative Arihia Waenga One wānanga representative Maraea […]

Protecting specialist Māori jobs

Whitestreaming is replacing specialist Māori jobs and services with generalist ones. For instance, whitestreaming is replacing a specific Māori academic support officer who provides academic support and pastoral care to Māori students with a general support officer who helps all students. TEU research found whitestreaming is a widespread practice across tertiary education – occurring in all […]

Te Kaupapa Whaioranga -The Blueprint

Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the Blueprint for Tertiary Education is TEU’s line in the sand for a high quality democratic public tertiary education system that provides life-long learning opportunities to all New Zealanders. It calls for us to focus on the public good that tertiary education provides, to restore over a billion dollars of funding cut from the sector in recent years and to replace current managerialism and private corporate models with democratic, representative governance.

Casual and insecure work

New Zealand tertiary institutions are relying too heavily on casual and temporary labour for jobs that should be permanent. Contents The problem Your rights as a fixed-term employee Overseas campaigns The problem Large numbers of TEU members are on casual, rolling fixed term or insecure employment agreements, and many tertiary employers are pressuring for more […]

Parental Leave

Parents, caregivers and their children should have the opportunity and the right to spend as much time together as possible during their first months and years together. Children need time to bond with those that care for them.”  Parental leave is a crucial working right but it’s also an important tool for enlightened employers who […]

Reviews and restructuring

Most tertiary education institutions are constantly reviewing, restructuring or making changes to some aspect of the workplace that affects TEU members. Changes in government policy, funding and student enrolments are all factors that drive the proposed changes. Some changes members may agree with and support, others members will oppose TEU recognises that restructuring and reviews, even when done very well make the […]

Mana at Work

Every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. TEU is committed to upholding and protecting this right.Workplace bullying undermines dignity and respect, and can have a detrimental effect on the victim, colleagues, the workplace environment, the employer and indeed the perpetrator. Visit our Mana at Work website for […]

The Living Wage

TEU is calling on tertiary education employers to back the Living Wage campaign, saying that too many employees working at tertiary institutions are on wages and salaries that make it hard to care for a family. TEU’s national president Sandra Grey says many tertiary education employees, are on salaries and wages below $19.80 an hour. Sandra […]

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Worklife balance and flexible work

Balancing work fairly with other parts of our life is a goal for workers and unions across Aotearoa-New Zealand. Partly it is about workload but it also is about the type of work people do, our hours of work, leave entitlements, pay, workplace culture and individuals’ life, family and community participation. The government, employers, unions […]


Performance” Based” Research” Funding, or PBRF, is is described thus by the Tertiary Education Commission. “The primary” purpose of the” PBRF” is to ensure that excellent research in the tertiary education sector is encouraged and rewarded. This entails assessing the research performance of” TEOs” and then funding them on the basis of their performance.” The […]

Pay and employment equity

    In 2008, women earn 88% of the average hourly earnings of men. The jobs women do more likely to do are, on average, valued less than the jobs done predominantly by men and women are also less likely to be promoted. TEU is campaigning for all working women to have the same pay […]

And here are links to archives of posts we have written on a range of other issues: