UCOL staff appeal to save jobs

Posted By TEU on Jun 23, 2016 |

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 22

UCOL has made an initial decision to go ahead with job cuts for over 40 people working in its Palmerston North library and student support services.

It now has an appeals process, essentially a second round of consultation, which closes tomorrow.  TEU members are making submissions to this appeals process.

UCOL’s chief executive Leeza Boyce has agreed to allow TEU members to speak to their submissions on Tuesday next week.

Local TEU organiser Lawrence O’Halloran says people working at UCOL are determined to make the case for why their jobs should be retained.

He believes that UCOL could easily make some changes to its proposal based on the TEU submissions.

“For instance, we think UCOL has scope to create some job-sharing options for the new positions with which it is replacing people’s current jobs, rather than requiring full-time jobs,’ says O’Halloran.

Many of the people who could lose their jobs under the proposal as it stands are women in part-time work.

“We hope UCOL will be reasonable and recognise how important these flexible part-time work arrangements are for the women who work there.”

O’Halloran also says TEU members do not want jobs in the library contracted out to the private provider New Era.

“We’re opposed to privatising decent jobs in Palmerston North. We don’t want to take a good public job and replace it with a contracted-out private job that we know nothing about.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week

  1. Student:staff ratios remain high
  2. People in casual jobs need govt to save their holiday pay
  3. Half a billion cut from tertiary education
  4. Indian students threatened with deportation

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Seven jobs have been disestablished at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru campus- bringing the total number of job cuts to 11 since its creation – Timaru Herald

“There is no particular target for reduction in staff numbers: comparisons with other New Zealand universities’ staffing ratios suggest that the University of Waikato has too many staff in some areas, but what that means in practice will be carefully worked through in detailed proposals for change.” – University of Waikato vice-chancellor Neil Quigley

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