Unitec staff fearful of restructuring

Posted By TEU on Feb 12, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 2

Up to 80 staff at Unitec face another major restructure, according to a secret document TV3 revealed this week.

The Unitec reorganisation is yet to be formally announced, but TV3’s story stated that it could affect up to 80 staff and could lead to more casualisation and job losses.

TEU branch president Sid Aksoy told the TV station he did not know if the reorganisation could affect his own job.

“Nobody could tell me that. I haven’t been told,” he told TV3.

Aksoy said everybody is fearful and nobody knows what tomorrow may bring.

TEU national president Sandra Grey called Unitec’s plans for yet another major restructuring foolhardy.

“Constant change and uncertainty is bad for students trying to learn”, says Grey. “Students aren’t sure if their course will still exist, and staff aren’t sure if their job will still exist.”

“What Unitec really needs is time to recover and rebuild from its previous failed reorganisations.”

“This Unitec proposal is similar to reorganisations going on in tertiary institutions all around New Zealand.  At any one time there are normally at least 30 restructures underway in New Zealand’s tertiary education institutions.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Government cuts staff from councils
  2. Is $1 billion enough?
  3. TEU votes to divest from fossil fuel
  4. Hairdressing and theology students lose funding

Other news

“What we know is that the share that workers are getting from the economy has declined to one of the lowest in the OECD. Wages are too low in this country” – CTU president Helen Kelly on Breakfast TV

Yesterday’s powhiri marked Neil Quigley’s official start date in his new role as vice-chancellor of Waikato University. Among his first tasks are face-to-face meetings with different university groups to better get a feel for aspirations and hopes for the university – Waikato Times

The changes to UE, made at the request of universities, have hit the headlines with a decline from 70 percent attaining UE in 2013, to 58 per cent in 2014. However, what wasn’t reported was that even before the changes were made, only about 30 per cent of school leavers went on to university study anyway. Almost as many chose to study at an institute of technology or a polytechnic such as Unitec or MIT in Auckland, or get on-the-job training with support from one of the industry training organisations – Rick Ede

Newly elected president of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) Rory McCourt says incomes for students have not kept up with the rising cost of accommodation, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch – NZUSA


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