University of Auckland ready to talk pay

Posted By TEU on Oct 29, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 36

The University of Auckland’s vice-chancellor, Stuart McCutcheon, has sent his negotiating team back into negotiations after a Fair Pay rally last week marched to his office.

People working at the university used the rally to call for the vice-chancellor to negotiate pay with them rather than presenting it as a fait accompli outside of negotiations.

Negotiations will resume next week, 6 November, after the vice-chancellor’s representatives agreed to make a pay offer on that date.

TEU branch co-president Josanne Blyth says the turnaround is a big step forward. 

“We will wait and see what the pay offer is, but one of our fundamental goals at these negotiations was to negotiate pay across the table with the vice-chancellor’s team.”

“Next week we will do that.”

Blyth says the union is also looking to replace the pay system for professional staff with one that is fairer.

“One of the issues we want to talk about next week is a better way of rewarding professional staff. The current system is performance pay, but the system itself is not performing. All  professional staff are working hard supporting Auckland University, but the vast majority get no performance-based pay rise each year,” says Blyth.

Also in Tertiary Update this week

  1. Admin review threatens general staff at Otago
  2. Waikato misuses PBRF to pressure retirements
  3. Learning without the hassle of lessons
  4. Massey votes on new agreement

Other news

Aoraki Polytechnic is pleased to be able to confirm that Aoraki’s Dunedin-based courses will transfer to Otago Polytechnic from the start of next year – Aoraki Polytechnic

At NorthTec’s TEU meeting last week the branch celebrated their successful “50 in 15” campaign – 50 new people joined the union this year, a mix of academic and allied staff.  The branch had a draw for iPads – one for a new member, which was won by Kelly McCallum, and one for a member who had recruited a new member, won by Justin Fitton – Flickr

A national agricultural training provider has collapsed after being ordered to pay back $6 million to the government. Agribusiness Training Ltd went into liquidation two days ago in the wake of an investigation which found it had failed to deliver programmes it was funded for, the Tertiary Education Commission said – New Zealand Herald

New Zealander Peter Cooper has donated $74 million to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for the creation of a leadership programme for the university’s student-athletes, and to fund a sports field – New Zealand Herald

Students in debt, professors in poverty – what’s going wrong? – Huffington Post

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