Northern solidarity as negotiations imminent

Posted By TEU on Feb 26, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 4

Staff at tertiary institutions in the top half of the North Island  are uniting today to support each other in their employment negotiations this year.

Union members from institutes including the University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, NorthTec, AUT, AIS, Unitec, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Awanuiārangi, Waiariki, and Wintec all plan to support each other through collective agreement negotiations this year.

“We know there could be trouble at any one of our northern tertiary institutions this year,” said TEU’s unitec branch president Sid Aksoy.

”We’re saying to any employer that doesn’t commit to fair pay and decent working conditions, if you come at us we’ve got a team of union members ready to support us.”

MIT branch president Iain Huddleston says the regional negotiation strategy is about having each other’s back.

“TEU members want a good outcome in all the negotiations taking place this year.  We don’t want one institution left behind, and we are going to stick together to prevent that happening.”

NorthTec branch president Stephanie Morgan says now is a good time for people to join the union.

“What happens at negotiations comes down to the strength of the union. Join now and you send a strong message that you support the same things that TEU does – fair pay and decent working conditions.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Otago staff win pay on the rates
  2. Solidarity for a pay rise
  3. A new Living Wage: $19.25 per hour
  4. 90 cent increase to student allowances and loans
  5. Councils need academics to protect academic freedom

Other news

The announcement today of a 50 cent per hour increase for the thousands of workers now completely reliant on it as the pay setting mechanism shows a disrespect for the families of this country. Over 300,000 workers are now on or near the minimum wage as collective bargaining rights have been decimated, insecure work arrangements have become widespread and unfettered migration has been allowed to flood low paid, low skill work areas.  What Government is clearly saying today is – expect more of this – CTU President Helen Kelly

There’s an entire industry in New Zealand paying minimum wage and less, because the workers they employ don’t even work a full week. It’s called a zero-hour contract, and as an employee, you are called upon to work whenever required. That means if you’re not required, you don’t get paid that week – so how do these people survive? – Campbell Live

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says better-than-expected Better Public Services results mean the Government is revising the workforce skills target to 60 per cent of 25–34 year olds having a qualification at Level 4 or above by 2018 – Steven Joyce

‘World’s largest university’ is scamming students, investigation reveals – Chronicle of Higher Education

Yesterday was National Adjunct Walkout Day in the USA and Canada. Many adjuncts — along with some students and tenure-line faculty members — walked out of their classes or participate in other forms of protest on campuses – Inside Higher Education

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