Union members at the Auckland University of Technology have voted
overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action in regard to their
collective negotiations that have so far seen management not agreeing to
their salary claims. The claims include a 3% increase and that the lowest
paid staff members should be paid the Living Wage.
Tertiary Education Union (TEU) members are asking for a 3 percent boost in
pay for all staff covered by the collective agreements. This modest
increase would go some way to ensuring salaries at the university reflect
the time, energy and skill that staff put into their jobs. In addition to
this salary claim, staff have been negotiating collectively for the Living
Wage at AUT. The university has so far refused to accept that the lowest
paid staff working at AUT should be paid the Living Wage of $20.55 per
hour. The union believes that regardless of whether an employee works full
time, or as a student working in a café, or as a student mentor at AUT,
they should receive this rate which enables them to pay for the basic
necessities of life. AUT needs to follow the lead of the Auckland City
Council which has agreed to pay the Living Wage to all employees.
Basically, it is the right thing for a university to do.
Recently over a thousand staff and students signed a petition calling on
the Vice Chancellor to pay staff the Living Wage.
For two weeks, union members will not be releasing student marks to AUT.
The TEU has notified the student union of its plans and has told them that
AUT can ensure the release of marks by agreeing to what the union is asking
Irena Brorens, the national industrial officer of the TEU, and lead
advocate for negotiations at AUT, said: “What we’re talking about here are
the people who make studying at AUT possible. Every person at the
university makes a huge contribution to the quality teaching and learning
AUT is known for”.
For more information:
- Irena Brorens TEU National Industrial Officer – 021 770 843
- Julie Douglas Acting TEU Branch President – 021 1758615