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Lower Hutt scientists win right to be academics

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 37

Lower Hutt scientists are joining TEU in large numbers after the union successfully argued that they should be classified as academics in Victoria University of Wellington's new collective agreement. TEU members at Victoria recently ratified a collective agreement that for the first time included scientists from the university's Ferrier and Robinson … Continue Reading ››
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Ex-TEU member heads Parliament’s education committee

Former TEU member Dr Jian Yang will chair parliament's Education and Science Select Committee. Elected to parliament only three years ago directly from his job in the political science department at the University of Auckland, Yang has risen quickly to take on one of the senior education responsibilities within parliament.
“It’s exciting for us to see … Continue Reading ››
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Cabinet focuses tertiary education on economic growth

The government has signalled again that it views tertiary education primarily as an economic tool rather than a tool for social opportunity and equity as well. The government has shifted tertiary education out of its Cabinet Social Policy Committee to the Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee. Education Directions chief executive Dave Guerin says the … Continue Reading ››
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Aged care worker wins historic pay equity case

Aged Care worker and union member Kristine Bartlett won an historic legal case for pay equity this week. Bartlett’s employer, Terranova Homes & Care Ltd had appealed to the Court of Appeal against an Employment Court ruling that the wages paid by Terranova to its caregivers are lower than they would be if caregiving … Continue Reading ››
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Look to international students for funding says Joyce

Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce says universities need to expand overseas and recruit more international students to boost their income. Joyce told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that New Zealand universities are not doing enough to generate income from international students.
"If you're comparing them with say with New South Wales or Queensland, those universities each collect about … Continue Reading ››
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More than 20 jobs saved at Auckland faculty of education

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 36

The union and TEU members at the University of Auckland have managed to reduce proposed compulsory job cuts at the faculty of education from 35 down to just two. Local TEU organiser Enzo Giordani said feisty staff with a staunch union attitude helped save the jobs.
“Union members took the university on … Continue Reading ››
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MIT chaos following job cut announcement

Chaos reigns at MIT following last week’s announcement that the polytechnic will cut 68 full time equivalent jobs, according to local TEU organiser Chan Dixon. Over a thousand people have signed a petition opposing job cuts at the polytechnic. Staff are unclear about what maths the polytechnic has done to justify the cuts.
“Wherever we turn there … Continue Reading ››
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Otago debates one off lump sum

The University of Otago has not offered its staff a pay rise on their rates at collective agreement negotiations, opting instead to offer a one-off lump sum of $1000, which will not go ‘on the rates’. TEU members at the University of Otago made a counter-proposal of a $1200 flat rate increase that does go on … Continue Reading ››
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Employment law first act of new government

As the prime minister promised, his government has rushed to push through its Employment Relations Amendment Bill as one of its very first actions this week. The bill, which union members and workers have actively opposed for the last year, removes many work rights including meal and tea breaks. It allows employers to walk away from … Continue Reading ››
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PETITION: Job skills not job cuts for Manukau

This petition calls on the chief executive of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr Peter Brothers to reconsider his plans to restructure and make redundant staff in the faculties of engineering and trades, and education and social sciences. Businesses and employers in South Auckland are relying on MIT to provide job skills and education to local young people. MIT cannot do that … Continue Reading ››
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UCOL members launch blueprint for polytechnics

TEU launched its seventh Te Kaupapa Whaioranga document last night at UCOL - a blueprint for polytechnics and institutes of technology. TEU’s national secretary Sharn Riggs used UCOL's TEU branch annual meeting to call for a renewed commitment to the important role that polytechnics play in their local regions. This … Continue Reading ››

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