University of Auckland negotiations underway

Posted By TEU on Oct 31, 2013 |

Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 37

Academic staff and professional staff employment negotiations at the University of Auckland resumed this week with TEU members claiming that their employer  table a pay offer through negotiations.

Previously the university’s vice-chancellor has unilaterally announced a pay increase outside of negotiations.

TEU members have long held that this approach is not only unfair but also fails to serve the best interests of democratic and consultative institutions like the university.

TEU organiser Jane Kostanich says union members expect to negotiate pay with their employer.

“It is a basic element of employment negotiations.”

Jane Kostanich says union members are determined to improve academic workloads, the development and promotion processes for professional teaching fellows and employment conditions for new employees.

Union members are also claiming:

  • all staff receive at least the Living Wage – a minimum rate of $18.40 per hour;
  •  a fair, transparent and objective pay and progression process for professional staff; and
  • improved management of change processes including a commitment to offer affected staff new positions being offered in the first instance when a change process occurs.

The union bargaining team will meet again Friday 8 November to hear the employer’s response it its claims.

Also in Tertiary Update this week

  1. Lincoln wants redundancies before reviews finish
  2. Thousands tell govt ‘give us a break’
  3. PM to announce funding package for Canterbury University
  4. Murdoch University staff endorse industrial action

Other news

Statistics show  it’s easier to find a job with a degree than without one. But some students rack up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, only to discover they can’t find work in their chosen field once they graduate  – Radio NZ

MOOCs: Corporate welfare for credit. We know Big Pharma, Big Oil and Big Food. Get ready for Big Ed – Salon

The Minister for Tertiary Education has gazetted changes to the University of Otago Council, allowing the council to appoint alumni, rather than for alumni to elect their own representatives – Department of Internal Affairs

British university staff have offered to meet employers for eleventh hour talks to avert a one-day strike over pay, planned for Thursday – BBC

Twelve core universities in Afghanistan are attracting thousands of students as they rebuild infrastructure, increase resources and improve qualifications of teaching staff with World Bank support. Both women and men attend the universities but barriers still exist for women who wish to pursue higher education – World Bank


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