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The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union – Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa


Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 8 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) should be allowed to renegotiate conditions of work so staff can be used “more efficiently,” according to a paper agreed by Cabinet Ministers last month. Written by Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, the paper says ITP collective agreements are not flexible enough because, he says, they stop people from working longer hours and are a barrier to ITP...

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Staff call for greater representation

Staff call for greater representation


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

Nearly 500 staff working in the tertiary education sector have hold MPs that they would like to see greater representation for students and staff on institution councils. The call comes as part of a public submission process to inform the Education and Workforce Select Committee’s deliberations on the Education Amendment Bill. Put forward by Education Minister Chris Hipkins, the bill would make sure at least one student and one staff...

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Ministry sets out plans for VET review

Ministry sets out plans for VET review


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

The government should ensure a network of regional provision, support a diverse range of learners and facilitate work-based learning, according to a paper published by the Ministry of Education. The paper sets out the scope and process for a review the vocational education training (VET) sector, which Education Minister, Chris Hipkins committed to in his recent Education Work Plan. Confusingly, this review is running in parallel to...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, shares her experience of last week’s Australian Education Union’s technical and further education Council – and draws alarming parallels between reforms in Australia and ideas put forward in a Cabinet paper on the future of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics. The beauty of the global education reform movement – the GERM – is how simple it seems to have been to...

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TEU members celebrate general staff

TEU members celebrate general staff


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

Union members across New Zealand will come together tomorrow to celebrate the contribution general staff make to their institutions. They go by many names – general staff, professional staff, allied staff – and they are crucial to making sure students enjoy a quality learning experience. The Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) General Staff Day is an annual celebration and some Vice-Chancellors and Chief Executives agree to give their...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 7 Time is running out to have your say on plans to put students and staff back on polytechnic, university and wānanga councils. Education Minister Chris Hipkins is proposing to change education law to make sure there is at least one student and one staff member with a seat on tertiary education institution councils. The new law passed its first reading in Parliament recently, and is now open to public...

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Union members at the University of Auckland are disappointed by management plans published last week to cut 45 full-time equivalent jobs in Libraries and Learning Services Te Tumu Herenga. Management plans include proposals to close a significant number of service points across the university, reducing the number of places students can go to receive expert learning and research support. A number of people will also see their job...

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The Tertiary Education Union is gathering ideas to present to the Prime Minister as part of her national kōrero on the future of education. The Prime Minister said Kōrero Mātauranga was the first step in finding out what students, staff, children, young people and their parents want the education system to look like over the next 30 years. Jacinda Ardern added that if the government is going to improve education to meet the needs of...

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Plans to reinstate the skills leadership role to Industry Training Organisations (ITO) and to get rid of communities of online learning have been announced by the Minister for Education. The proposals form part of a range of legislative changes Chris Hipkins is considering for later this year. From 2004 to 2014, the ITOs had a skills leadership role for their respective industries. This included identifying current and future needs,...

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Members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) have told MPs they welcome government plans to change employment law. In a submission to the Education and Workforce Select Committee, the TEU said proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Agreement Act were a first step in addressing the imbalance between working people and employers. The changes, the TEU said, will also reverse the poor policy and legislative decisions by the...

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A petition launched today calls on the government to use the forthcoming Budget to deliver on its promise to restore student allowance eligibility for postgraduates. Postgraduate allowances were scrapped by the previous National-led Government in 2013. Labour, along with the Greens and New Zealand First, pledged to restore the postgraduate allowance during last year’s general election. A petition calling on the government to keep this...

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Living Wage rises to $20.55 an hour

Living Wage rises to $20.55 an hour


Posted By on Apr 6, 2018

The amount people need to earn per hour to meet basic living costs is to rise 35 cents to $20.55 per hour. The new Living Wage will better reflect the needs people have to meet to survive and participate in society, including food and rent costs, energy, health, communication and education. For a 40 hour working week, the increase equates to a total gross income of $42,744. Last year the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) called on the...

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Union members at the University of Auckland are disappointed by management plans published today to cut 45 full-time equivalent jobs in Libraries and Learning Services Te Tumu Herenga. People working in these 45 FTE positions are among the more than 114 dedicated staff members who have been told by management that their current roles will be disestablished, as the impact of the restructure on a range of other university services was...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 6 Students, staff, and Vice-Chancellors have called on the Minister for Education to work with the sector to change the existing funding model for tertiary education. Representatives at a Voices from Tertiary Education forum on the future of universities called for the change as part of a wide ranging statement that sets out a series of recommendations for the reform of universities. “There is a...

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