Victoria rejects living wage

Posted By TEU on Aug 14, 2014 |

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 27

Victoria University refuses to take steps to be a Living Wage employer, saying it sees no benefit apart from some possible good publicity, and it does not want to pass control of its wage setting to a third party.

Victoria University has been negotiating new collective agreements with its TEU members for the last two months. TEU members have made two Living Wage claims – one to lift all TEU members covered by the collective agreements onto the Living Wage ($18.80 per hour), and a second that the university work with TEU and other interested parties, such as the students’ association and the Living Wage Coalition, to progress the university towards being a Living Wage accredited employer.

The university repeatedly rejected both those claims both as a package and individually. TEU’s bargaining team then presented a compromise third claim that the university, TEU and the students’ association establish an independently facilitated investigative group to look at the benefits of and barriers to a Living Wage. That group would call on expert advice and consider ways to overcome those barriers. Victoria rejected that claim too.

TEU’s Victoria University branch is now considering whether it will establish this investigative group anyway, and invite the university to participate despite the university rejecting it as part of a settlement.

A Living Wage at Victoria University would lift wages for some tutors, general staff, including library shelvers, security and caretaking staff and some contracted workers such as cleaners. The university estimated that introducing a Living Wage for TEU members would be about $30,000 per year.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Polytechnics’ EPIs soar upwards
  2. Fewer students over 40 gaining qualifications
  3. Massey’s anti-rape advice reinforces wrong culture
  4. Students holding national day of action
  5. Claims tertiary funding damaging learning

Other news

“There is a private benefit to university education… So how much should that other person be paying for your personal gain?” – Steven Joyce to Salient

“I think society benefits enormously from having an educated population, and so for me education is essentially a public good and when private benefit flows out from that I would rather see that managed directly via a progressive taxation system.” – Grant Robertson to Salient

Five myths about unequal pay. And five retorts to help debunk them when the gender pay gap deniers are getting you down – The Guardian

The Students of Aotearoa New Zealand are demanding $156,081 in outstanding student debt from five senior National Ministers – Reclaim UoA

With student numbers down, the primary industries and trades remain a key focus for Aoraki Polytechnic  –Timaru Herald

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