Auckland negotiations will bring fair pay or strike

Posted By TEU on Oct 20, 2016 |

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 36

People working at the University of Auckland are back in negotiations with their employer today.

Talks between the two sides resume following a one-hour strike a fortnight ago.

Since the strike, academics and professional staff have voted to take further action in support of fair pay.

TEU organiser Enzo Giordani says TEU members are hoping for a change in approach from their employer.

“We want a pay offer, and we want the right to negotiate on our pay. We want an end to the performance pay system that is preventing almost all professional staff from getting pay rises, and we want to lift pay for those who earn the least at the university.”

“If the university listens and responds to those issues we believe we can avert further strike action. That will require a change in the university’s attitude to date.”

Giordani says other universities negotiate how much they pay the people who work for them, and it would not take much for Auckland to do the same.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. TEU rejects euphemism for private education
  2. Waikato University plans to cut staff:student ratios
  3. Salvation Army calls for industry to invest in young people
  4. Competitive funding for research fails NZ again

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