Christchurch Polytechnic wants longer days for teachers

Posted By TEU on Jul 28, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 27

CPIT is seeking to make its staff teach more hours on more days across the year and give up weeks of leave. Tertiary Education Union (TEU) advocate Kris Smith says it is simply not fair for a polytechnic that has made large surpluses to do this, while not increasing staff pay since 2009.

“Staff at CPIT are already giving their all, including working long hours and extra days to help students through the aftermath of the earthquakes. But just because they are doing that now does not mean the polytechnic should take away their leave or their contractual right to a fair limit on teaching days and timetabled teaching hours” says Ms Smith.

Wanting staff to give up leave and to teach more hours and over more days will affect quality says Ms Smith. “Students are not asking for more classes over more days and hours, so why is the polytechnic trying to make its staff work these longer hours? Longer hours and less leave mean more workplace stress and unfair pressure on quality education.”

TEU members at CPIT are holding a paid stop-work meeting on Monday 1 August at 10 am where they will announce the result of an industrial action ballot taken in response to this proposed increase in workload. They will be arriving with placards protesting the polytechnic’s proposal to take their leave and increase their working hours.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Restructuring at Vic draws public opposition
  2. International support for general staff rights
  3. Government blocks public hearing on trade agreement
  4. Paid recognition of Māori and Pasifika union leaders at University of Canterbury

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