At a standing room only meeting last week, TEU members voted by 192 votes to 15 not to take the employer’s ‘Best Offer‘ to a formal ratification meeting. An email ballot was then open for a further two days after the meeting and the final vote tally was 367 members voting with 311 voting no and 56 voting yes to the offer.
At the large meeting TEU members repeatedly said they did not want to put the university’s offer of increased pay and leave in return for the removal of key terms and conditions from their employment agreement to a formal ratification vote, and that they now supported escalating their industrial action.
TEU academics have tried a range of a low-level actions over the last five months but throughout that time the university has changed its position very little.
Over the next month, TEU members are planning to cease to cooperate with internal administrative requirements, continue not to comply with PBRF reporting, and go on strike for at least one day.
They are planning their first full day of strike action for Wednesday 24 August.
After the ballot to escalate industrial action, TEU’s lawyer filed for urgency on its Facilitation of Bargaining application before the Employment Relations Authority. The union hopes it can confirm a facilitation hearing before the first full strike day next month.