University of Auckland students rally for staff

Posted By TEU on Apr 28, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 14

University of Auckland students are helping organise a rally tomorrow aiming to convince the vice-chancellor not to remove key working conditions from the academic collective agreement.

Student president Joe McCrory says students are supporting TEU because they want to be taught by the best. “So what is important to lecturers and tutors is also important to students. For us, the university’s ability to retain and attract people is important.”

“Teaching and learning is going to affect everybody,” says Mr McCrory. “In five years’ time the lecturers and academics might not be there – they will be overseas.”

The rally which is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 12.30pm beside the old commerce A building on the city campus, will also be well attended by TEU members from all four of the university’s campuses, as well as a number of other supporters. Transport will be available for members from Grafton, Epsom and Tamaki.

TEU has informed management that it will be holding a stop-work meeting during this time so all TEU members will be legally entitled to attend.

The students’ association and the union are organising music, entertainment, food and drink.

McCrory will be among the speakers at the rally making a call for an end to the vice chancellor’s proposals. He is hoping the management will reconsider what they are offering to staff.

“We want to see something on the table that lecturers can work with.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Minister faces air-force query
  2. TEU’s legal victory creates a stir
  3. English wants tertiary education to end welfare dependency
  4. Australian tertiary union to push boundaries on climate change

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