Lincoln says no money and no negotiations

Posted By TEU on Aug 16, 2012 |

Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 28

While employment negotiations at other universities are underway, they have not begun at Lincoln University. The collective agreements for academic and general staff expired in June, but the university says that it will not be in a position to negotiate a new agreement with staff until the middle of 2013. It has instead offered to roll over its existing collective agreements, with no changes, including no pay rise.

Lincoln’s recent Annual Report recorded a small $500,000 surplus. It says that the university’s financial situation and the on-going recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes means it is not in a position to negotiate meaningfully with its staff at present. The senior management team is still working through a process to find out how much money it will receive from the government to rebuild its damaged buildings.

Union members will meet next Tuesday to discuss the university’s proposal to not bargain this year. However, TEU’s deputy secretary Nanette Cormack says that Lincoln University staff already have some of the lowest pay rates of university staff in New Zealand and should not have to go without a pay rise this year after all that they have contributed to the university in the last two years.

“We appreciate the funding challenges that all Canterbury’s tertiary education institutions face, but staff at those institutions are also facing increased costs. Many have lost property, face increased insurance premiums, higher rates, or rent and other new costs. Just like Lincoln they need to rebuild their own homes and communities.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Shorter masters courses
  2. Jobless women in Canterbury drive unemployment
  3. Christchurch needs career skills not quick labour
  4. Telford kitchen staff denied eight-hour days

Other news

The University of Otago has scrapped three non-degree programmes from its School of Physical Education as part of a wider push to phase out sub-degree diplomas and certificates. School of Physical Education dean Prof Doug Booth said phasing out sub-degree programmes was prompted by a change in government policy – Otago Daily Times

Canterbury University is asking staff to take voluntary redundancy as it looks to minimise the impact of ”inevitable” compulsory job losses. It is the second time in 10 months the university has made such a call – Stuff

Enrolments took a hit at all but one of New Zealand’s universities. A comparison of the annual reports of New Zealand’s eight universities shows, on average, equivalent full-time student (EFTs) numbers fell 2.4 percent in 2011. Only Lincoln University had an increase in enrolments – Otago Daily Times

Inland Revenue is threatening to bankrupt former students living in Australia who are refusing to repay loans. Tax staff have cracked down on hundreds of student-loan borrowers in New Zealand and are moving their enforcement across the Tasman – New Zealand Herald

The U.S. secretary of education, Arne Duncan, took states to task on Thursday for cutting spending on higher education, saying state lawmakers were being “penny-wise and pound-foolish”, and were undermining their own economic growth – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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