Polytechnics vote for strike

Posted By TEU on Sep 10, 2009 |

Tertiary Update Volume 12 Number 30

TEU members at the six polytechnics covered by a multi-employer collective agreement, NorthTec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Whitireia Polytechnic, Western Institute of Technology and Unitec, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action.”  The vote follows a proposal from their employers that would have increased teaching days by 10 percent (from 185 per year to 204), and could require all discretionary leave to be at the employers’ discretion rather than the employees’, as it is at present. It also included a one percent salary increase with no back-dating and a 24 month term from the date of signing (effectively one percent for two and half years).

The outcome of the ballots across the six polytechnics was a 98% vote in support of industrial action.

As a result of this and feedback from the meetings, the TEU bargaining team has written again to the polytechnic employers informing them that TEU members have overwhelmingly supported taking industrial action. The letter also included a counter proposal to settle the negotiations.”  The letter requests a response to this proposal by Monday 14 September. In the meantime union members at the six polytechnics are preparing for industrial action, including possible strike.

“TEU members were extremely frustrated at the offer from the six polytechnics.”  At the meetings they said they felt aggrieved by the pay offer and the total disregard by employers for the flexibility that already exists in the collective agreement.”  No other employers have demanded these cuts in conditions,” said TEU national industrial officer Irena Brorens.

“The government’s Pay Expectations and interference from the State Services Commission are posing significant problems for the TEU in settling agreements that are fair in the current economic climate.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Staff caught in the middle of fee-setting season
  2. Ministerial takeover of polytechnic councils
  3. Hui-ā-motu opposes Roger Douglas’ student bill
  4. REAPs settle for 3 percent
  5. Minister wants fast track teachers
  6. Govt wants more tertiary high schools
  7. Manukau campus moves to a bus stop

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