Six ITPs negotiate workload hours

Posted By TEU on Jun 4, 2009 |

Tertiary Update Volume 12 Number 17

TEU bargaining advocates spent two days last week exchanging claims with the six institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) covered by the ITP multi employer collective agreement – Wintec, WITT, Unitec, Whitireia, NorthTec and BoPP.

The polytechnics are seeking greater flexibility and productivity.  They want to discuss how to ensure academic staff work such hours as may be reasonably required of them to professionally fulfil the requirements of the job, which may be outside of the normal week.

They also want to delete the current entitlement to one block of annual leave of at least four weeks, and to change discretionary leave so that it is at the employer’s discretion rather than the employee’s.

TEU lead advocate, Irena Brorens, says that workload is already a huge issue in polytechnics and the employer claims would put further pressure on the heavy workload, if they were to be implemented.

“Academic staff at ITPs are already flexible and do all they can to be with their students. It’s important to remember that as well as their timetabled teaching hours they have assessment and administration, not to mention the demands of research and professional development. Excessive workload is detrimental for both staff and students,” says Ms Brorens.

Union members at the six ITPs are seeking a 5 percent increase to salaries and allowances and a reduction in maximum timetabled teaching hours from 825 per year to 750, with a weekly limit of 20 teaching hours. They also have claimed greater protection for casual staff and those workers involved in organisational change or surplus staffing reorganisations.

Negotiations have now adjourned, and are scheduled to resume on Tuesday 9 June.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

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  2. Mixed messages from NZVCC
  3. University of Auckland quits U21Global
  4. Med schools not ready for new students
  5. Holidays won’t be taken but might be sold
  6. Worldwatch

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