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Following the news yesterday that people working at the Taratahi Institute of Agriculture could be forced to go without pay, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) called on the Minister to step in immediately to support those affected and their families.  “It is simply not right that the people who commit their working lives to teaching others the skills we so desperately need, in one of the most important sectors to the New Zealand...

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Confirmation today that the Taratahi Institute of Agriculture [1] is to be liquidated proves that the tertiary education sector needs urgent reform – and that the tens of thousands of people that dedicate their working lives to teaching others need to be better supported when government policy fails so demonstrably. Education Minister Chris Hipkins, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor must...

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Education Minister Chris Hipkins must increase tertiary education funding to at least 2.7 per cent of GDP by 2021, according to a report published last week by the Tertiary Education Union. The report presents the views of hundreds of people working in the sector, from which it makes a series of recommendations for reform of the funding model for tertiary education. Recommendations include scrapping all competitive funding,...

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The Tertiary Education Union will shortly publish a paper making clear its bottom lines when it comes to reform of institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs). The paper will outline what will need to happen if the Minister decides, as expected, to consolidate the sector and establish a much smaller number of polytechnics. Education Minister Chris Hipkins told Parliament recently that he intends to take a paper to Cabinet by the...

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The Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Grant Guilford has been told by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) to come clean about his plans for the future of the university after all staff were sent an email recently inviting them to apply for voluntary redundancy. The TEU has sought a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor to discuss the email. Coming as a surprise to both staff and the TEU, any staff member...

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Staff who are part of the collective agreements at the Auckland University of Technology will see pay rates below the Living Wage removed alongside a 3 per cent boost in their pay, thanks to the hard work of union members. Following successful strike action, members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at AUT have voted this week to accept the improved offer from the employer. The improved offer is the result of staff as part of the...

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