Flat payrise delivers to Otago’s lowest paid

Hau Taki Haere Vol 18 No 25

Everyone at Te Kura Matatini ki Otago (Otago Polytechnic) will get a $900 pay rise, no matter what their current salary, if union members vote to ratify their new collective agreement. The proposed new agreement, which TEU members start voting on āpōpō (tomorrow), includes a $900 … Continue Reading ››

Too many threats to mātauranga in TPPA

Ngā tumuaki of Aotearoa's three biggest education unions are calling on the government not to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), saying it will harm public education. Negotiations around the TPPA are reportedly close to concluding but Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa, PPTA Te Wehengarua and NZEI Te Wehengarua are urging the New Zealand kāwana (government) not to participate in the agreement which … Continue Reading ››

10 Pike Rivers since Key’s “broken” promise

A whānau held a silent vigil with 291 crosses as the pirimia (prime minister) gave his keynote speech to Te Rōpū Nāhinara (National Party) conference in Tāmaki-makau-rau’s SkyCity over the weekend. Deborah McMillan's husband Shane was killed at work in 2009. A branch fell on him while he was working in a forestry gang near Ahuriri … Continue Reading ››

New code for apprentices and employers

The kāwana (government) has released a new Code of Good Practice for apprentices and their employers.
“The code sets out the responsibilities and expectations of everyone involved in a New Zealand Apprenticeship: the apprentice, the employer and the industry training organisation,” associate minister for tertiary education, skills and employment Louise Upston says.
The Code of … Continue Reading ››

Intueri Education continues buying spree

Aotearoa’s largest private tertiary education company Intueri has bought the New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS). The acquisition, which is still subject to regulatory approval, also includes a subsidiary of NZIS, The New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM). Intueri says the purchase price is $19.25 million. NZIS is itself one of Aotearoa’s biggest PTEs. Last year … Continue Reading ››

Tauira suffer financial distress

The number of university tauira in financial distress has doubled since 2012, according to a New Zealand Union of Students' Association (NZUSA) survey. Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio NZ) reported this week that the survey found over 40 percent of full-time students said they did not have enough money to meet their basic needs. TEU’s branch … Continue Reading ››

Health and safety bill lacks teeth

The government’s proposed new health and safety law will mean people continue to die at work needlessly, says TEU deputy secretary Nanette Cormack.
“Even in tertiary education, which seems like a relatively safe sector to work, we have had two significant health and safety prosecutions in the past year because of dangerous practices,” says Cormack.
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Contractors minimum wage bill deserves support

A bill that will allow workers engaged as contractors to get access to minimum pay rates deserves the full support of parliament. Labour MP David Parker’s Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill is on today’s order paper and is likely to come up for a first reading later tonight. CTU Secretary Sam Huggard said that … Continue Reading ››

Participation rates plummet

The percentage of people in tertiary education fell from 13 percent of the population in 2007 to 10 percent last year, according to recently released Ministry of Education data. The Ministry of Education's participation rate data shows that there were nearly 80,000 fewer domestic students in tertiary education last year than there were in 2007. TEU … Continue Reading ››

Victoria’s council plan silences staff

TEU members at Victoria University of Wellington are calling on their council to reject a proposal that could potentially remove all staff from future councils. Instead of setting aside seats for one elected academic and one elected general staff, as most other universities have done, Victoria is proposing two seats for “people who are acknowledged by … Continue Reading ››

Global congress says austerity hurting education

Austerity policies around the world are causing massive budget cuts that have a disastrous effect on education, according to education unions at the 7th Education International World Congress meeting in Ottawa. TEU national president Sandra Grey, who is representing New Zealand at the congress, says austerity policies are stepping up throughout the world, and they … Continue Reading ››

University staff greatest donors to Australian higher education

While donations by external benefactors to Australian universities receive positive publicity, the in-kind donations of uncompensated overtime provided by university staff goes virtually unreported. The results of an Australian National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) survey on university workloads shows staff give AU$1.7 billion to Australian higher education each year in the form of 27 million hours … Continue Reading ››

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