Speak Up for Education

In recent years funding has fallen, institutions have been consistently reorganised so they are in a constant state of flux, students have been excluded from decision-making, community representatives lost their say in governing their local tertiary institutions and staff workloads are continuing to grow. What should be friendly, collegial creative work environments are being too heavily micro-managed by a government, and by institution managers, focused only on shorter term measurables, and to the exclusion of the real reason we have a broad inclusive tertiary education system.

New Zealand has a world-class tertiary education system with world-class people teaching and researching for it. But our tertiary education system should not have to withstand this onslaught.

Fairness at work

The Government is planning law changes that undermine human and employment rights. The changes will give your employer the ability to reduce your pay and conditions. They are bad for the workforce and bad for families. We need to tell the Government we want fair employment laws.

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 work environment very difficult for members.

Casualisation and fixed term work

New Zealand tertiary institutions are relying too heavily on casual and temporary labour for jobs that should be permanent.

Pay and Employment Equity

In 2006, women earn 87% 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 equal pay and employment opportunities to men.

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 want the economic benefits of retaining experienced workers, ensuring a place for families in their business and contributing to their communities.

Worklife balance and flexible work

Thanks to A.K. Photography at Flickr for the photoWork-life balance 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.

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

What are your thoughts?