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


Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 35 Policies introduced by the previous National government are forcing the  tertiary education sector down a track that urgently needs redirecting by the new Minister, the Tertiary Education Union said. Tertiary education is a public good that allows people to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps families, communities and the economy. However, despite the change of...

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Plans to close Lincoln uni’s bookshop

Plans to close Lincoln uni’s bookshop


Posted By on Nov 16, 2017

Lincoln University management has announced plans to close the bookshop on campus, leaving students facing the possibility that they will no longer be able to buy text books at their place of study. The proposal to close the bookshop was announced as part of a strategic review of the shop’s role in contributing towards the future direction of the university. In one obscure part of the document outlining the proposal, management...

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One year to make equal pay law a reality

One year to make equal pay law a reality


Posted By on Nov 16, 2017

A new campaign launched this week by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is calling on the new government to legislate for equal pay within one year. The campaign was launched on Tuesday, the same day that most women across New Zealand effectively start working for free for the remainder of the year because of the gender pay imbalance. It follows the news earlier in the month that the new government had moved quickly to scrap the...

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Tertiary education organisations need to do more to support te reo Māori learners, according to a report published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Support for learning and using te reo Māori in tertiary institutions is variable, the study says, with the sector lacking a common set of strategies, policies, and practices for supporting reo Māori learners and speakers. To help address this, the study provides a range...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 34 A new online tool that staff and students can use to register complaints or concerns about tertiary education organisations launched this week, and follows in the wake of a Tertiary Education Union (TEU) survey that showed increased pressure on staff to change grades. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and Universities New Zealand are trialling...

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TEU celebrates Living Wage week

TEU celebrates Living Wage week


Posted By on Nov 10, 2017

It is Living Wage week and staff and students were among those gathered on the steps of Parliament on Tuesday to celebrate the new government’s support for the Living Wage. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has committed to increasing the minimum wage to $16.50 in her first one hundred days, and then to $20 by April 2021. Events have been taking place up and down the country to celebrate employers that pay their employees enough to meet...

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Dr. Stephen Blumenfeld, Director of the Centre for Labour Employment and Work at the Victoria University of Wellington, outlines why the new government needs to move quickly to restore the rights of working people. Since the 1970s, market liberalisation and technological change have resulted in a decline in the number of manufacturing and blue-collar jobs, which had buttressed New Zealand’s economy since the 19th century. These were,...

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Jill Jones, president of the TEU branch at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), describes the impact market driven funding has had on institutions like MIT and her hope for the new government. It was Thursday, 19 October and my evening class at Manukau Institute of Technology was drawing to a close. The students had been working in small groups. As they packed up to leave, I noticed one young woman staring intently at her laptop...

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Vocational education at crisis point

Vocational education at crisis point


Posted By on Nov 10, 2017

Upheaval in the polytechnic sector continued this week with the announcement of a proposed management restructure at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT bosses are proposing to replace seven faculty heads with three campus managers. The announcement comes just days after NorthTec outlined plans to cut jobs and close its Rawene and Kerikeri campuses. Earlier this week arts students at NorthTec launched an online...

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The massive job cuts announced at NorthTec last week could be avoided with the support of the new government. Management at NorthTec notified staff this afternoon of a planned restructure of the institution that would leave over 50 dedicated members of staff without a job and the potential closure of the Rawene and Kerikeri campuses. The TEU reacted with dismay to the proposals. The planned cuts are a consequence of years of...

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Management at the University of Otago has announced plans to shut down New Zealand’s only comprehensive bachelors to doctorate degree qualification in clothing and textiles science. The decision would severely undermine a valuable sector that draws world class talent to Otago, the Tertiary Education Union said. Learning and research opportunities at the Centre of Materials Science and Technology attract students from all over New...

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The new government reaffirmed its commitment to making sure women are paid fairly for the work they do by moving quickly to scrap National’s flawed Equal Pay and Pay Equity Bill. The Bill was introduced by National shortly before the election and would have put serious obstacles in the way of women making claims to achieve genuine equal pay. It also failed to fully incorporate the pay equity Principles a Joint Working Group of...

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The Greater Wellington Regional Council voted this week to give full time tertiary students a 25 per cent discount on the cost of using public transport. The discount applies to the smartcard fare, meaning students will receive an almost 40 percent reduction on the cash fare. The Council also voted to provide 50 percent fare decreases to blind and disabled passengers, a 25 per cent discount for off-peak travellers, free travel for...

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The new government has moved quickly to scrap National’s flawed Equal Pay and Pay Equity Bill, a decision that was welcomed by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) as a positive step towards making sure women are paid fairly for the work they do. All three government parties opposed the Bill in the last Parliament and today the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter...

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