Rally to save UCOL student support staff

Posted By TEU on May 18, 2016 | 7 comments

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 17

UCOL’s threatened library and student health staff, and their supporters, will be rallying today to save their jobs.

UCOL plans to cut the jobs of 43 people, including people who support students’ health and learning.

TEU is organising a rally at 12.30 today (Thursday 19 May) outside UCOL’s main entrance, to oppose the job cuts.

“UCOL wants to get rid of the people who help students,” says TEU branch president Steve Wharehinga.

“That’s not good news for the students and it’s not fair on the experienced, qualified and loyal people who give their time to those students.”

UCOL plans to cut student support workers like nurses from its health care centre and librarians, as well as a disability support worker and experienced programme leaders who organise courses and learning opportunities for students.

Wharehinga says it is embarrassing that a polytechnic like UCOL would plan to chop the number of trained, experienced and qualified people.

“If anywhere should value the importance of experience and qualifications it should be UCOL.”

Wharehinga says the rally is the first of several events people in the union are planning to stop the job cuts.

Sign the petition to support to the UCOL workers who help UCOL students.

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  2. TEC investigates Lincoln and Tai Poutini
  3. $100m for health research funding
  4. Tax cuts will affect education
  5. Careers NZ merges with TEC

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