Campaign to kick-start bargaining at five polytechnics

Posted By TEU on May 26, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 18

TEU members at five polytechnics will launch a major campaign on Friday evening to convince their employers that it is time to give up the legal challenges and start bargaining for site collective agreements as the Employment Court agreed should happen.

TEU national president Sandra Grey TEU says members at Northtec, Unitec, Wintec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Whitireia have all voted to negotiate employment agreements separately, so that they can have face-to-face conversations with their employer.

“We have a team of professional, democratic, local people ready to meet the employers. And members know what they want – a fair pay rise and no loss of working conditions.”

“But the management at the five polytechnics currently prefer to spend their time in court rather than negotiating face-to-face with their staff. Too much time and public money is being wasted by the employers.”

Let’s get moving on this for the good of our students and for the good of education,” says Dr Grey.

TEU will follow up the national campaign launch with local campaign launches at each of the five polytechnics.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Budget equation = $300 less for every student
  2. ‘Business as usual’ not realistic for Canterbury academics
  3. Control over working conditions keeps McCaw in NZ

Other news

“If this new action does cause a reduction in the university’s performance-based research funding revenue, it will undoubtedly lead to staff redundancies” – University of Auckland vice chancellor Stuart McCutcheon threatens his staff, rather than negotiate with them.

The CTU has released a research summary showing the relationship between increases in the minimum wage and jobs. Bill Rosenberg said, “Employment growth appears to be much more strongly related to overall economic conditions than to a particular issue such as the minimum wage. This is what the evidence shows and it would help this debate if the Government and business lobbyists acknowledged that.”

Organisations that offer their employees higher levels of trust, cooperation, fairness and economic benefits are rewarded with increased productivity, according to research by Victoria University Economics Professor, Morris Altman

Otago Polytechnic recorded an operating surplus of $2.26 million last year, its best financial result in a decade. To cope with a gradual decline in core government funding over the past few years the polytechnic has cut costs throughout the organisation, including a review of all programmes, about 20 redundancies in 2008 and a further 23 last year – Otago Daily Times

We have recently responded to some questions from the Tertiary Education Union on education, government procurement and intellectual property issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation. Those questions and our answers are published here as they may be of wider interest – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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