Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 35
TEU organiser Megan Morris hopes a new collective agreement at the University of Waikato will make it easier for general staff to seek and gain higher rates of pay.
Union members voted to ratify new collective agreements for general staff and academic staff last week. The collective agreements include two pay increases of 1.2 percent each over the two-year term, and a $300 lump sum payment.
The big improvement for general staff however is new minimum rates in two of their pay scales and new minimum and maximum pay rates in the three higher levels of pay scales.
“In theory this means more scope for general staff members to increase their salary through the general staff salary review (GSSR) process,” said Megan Morris.
The University of Waikato’s pay system for general staff, which has no pay steps identified, has previously made it hard for general staff to improve their pay outside of collective bargaining.
“While the pay rises are modest, members are happy that we are making some progress with the university towards a fairer pay system for general staff. Given the current negotiating climate most people are happy to protect important working conditions and win a few small gains that make work fairer ” said Megan Morris.
Also in Tertiary Update this week
- Global conference denounces proliferation of ‘taxi-cab’ professors
- Academic freedom is a campaign not a right
- World watches NZ’s performance measures
- Extramural students claim tertiary strategy is biased
- Union membership pays off for kiwis
TEU has a few A1 International Trade Union Confederation posters to give away celebrating World Day for Decent Work. If you are a TEU member and want one for your workplace, send us a message – poster
A woman who made tens of millions through contracts with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa while her father was the boss was put forward by the Māori King as his representative on the institution’s governing body. But Susan Cullen, daughter of founder and former head Rongo Wetere, was rejected by the Wānanga council as it believes her past association would have a negative influence – the New Zealand Herald
The working conditions of U.S. adjunct and contingent faculty—and, by association, the learning conditions of American college students—came under fire in a recent report by the Center for the Future of Higher Education. The report finds two significant issues for those who make up the majority of the higher education workforce. Many are hired “just in time” to teach courses that are to begin three or fewer weeks after faculty are notified, and they have limited access to pedagogical resources – American Federation of Teachers
Many universities in Australia are trying to define what is acceptable – and unacceptable – for their staff members to say online. Academics too, are exploring the boundaries between expression of academic freedom and the obligation to their institutions in an age when anything you say or write can be easily posted online – The Conversation
Large lecture theatres are disappearing and will soon be gone from university campuses say Australian vice-chancellors. “At UTS we’re in the middle of spending a billion dollars on our campus and as part of that we’ve got two new buildings going up … there’s a not a single traditional lecture theatre in either of those new buildings,” University of Technology Sydney UTS deputy vice-chancellor Shirley Alexander said – The Conversation