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.
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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.
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Otago Unviersity Clocktower

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 ››

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 ››
blueprint poster

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 ››
Louise Tu'u

Louise Tu’u: a new face supporting Pacific students

Last Friday was Fiji Independence Day, and TEU Pasifika members from many more islands were celebrating at a Talanoa in Wellington. Among them Louise Tu’u, a Samoan from the national drama school Toi Whakaari, who has only been a union member for month, was attending her first TEU meeting. Tu’u is a creative producer and director … Continue Reading ››
Selina Marsh

Selina Tusitala Marsh: speaking up to end Pasifika isolation

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh has been infusing her department with a more ‘whanau’ atmosphere for Pasifika and Māori students for nearly a decade now. However, like many Pasifika staff she faces limits on how much she can create that open, accessible atmosphere, because her energy is taken up by so many other demands. Marsh is poet … Continue Reading ››
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Unions prevent workplace injuries

The number of claims for work-related injuries by people working in education and training has doubled since 2007. Data from Statistics NZ shows that the number of people working in education and training to have claims for work-related injuries accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) increased from under 5,000 in 2007 to nearly 10,000 … Continue Reading ››

Will code silence scientists?

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 34

The Association of Scientists wants to hear from scientists and other academics about a government plan to develop a new code of practice for scientists, telling them if, and when, they can speak publicly. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has told the Royal Society of New Zealand to … Continue Reading ››
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Upston new associate tertiary education minister

The Māori Party has relinquished its tertiary education associate ministerial roles in the new government to National Party up-and-comer Louise Upston. Upston sat on the Education and Science Select Committee for two years until the 2011 election. Most recently, she has been the National Party’s senior whip and a member of the Māori Affairs Select Committee. … Continue Reading ››

Taonga welcomed home for World Teachers’ Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j45sFtTTEdo Teachers, other education staff and their communities gathered at dusk on Gisborne’s Midway beach last Sunday to welcome the return of a rākau kōrero (talking stick) that left Aotearoa one year ago. Sunday was World Teachers’ Day and the end of Education International’s Year of Global Action for Education. The rākau kōrero, which left Gisborne following … Continue Reading ››