General staff


Chief Executive Chris Gosling and Commissioner Neil Barnes must take seriously and heed the views of staff and students affected by their proposal to merge Whitireia with WelTec, which includes closing the Kāpiti campus, and make the distinct local and regional needs of both a priority. Both institutions have been through years of course and staff cuts, changes to roles, and constantly changing expectations. This had its origin in...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 19 Members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are taking strike action over their collective negotiations that have so far seen management not agreeing to boost pay for all staff at the institution. Union members have been negotiating collectively for a Living Wage, so that the lowest paid earn enough to live on and provide for their families, and a 3...

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Education Minister, Chris Hipkins last week led the government in a vote against proposals to give students and staff a stronger say in decisions affecting their place of study and work. During a debate on the Minister’s plans to change the law so all students and staff have at least one seat each on all tertiary education councils, all Labour and New Zealand First MPs voted down amendments that would have increased representation to...

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At our wits end

At our wits end


Posted By on Oct 26, 2018

Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, shares some of her experience talking with staff about what the failed market experiment in tertiary education has meant for people’s jobs.   She walked into a meeting about job losses and restructuring at her university and burst into tears. The lecturer wasn’t losing her job, but the changes meant she’d been given more teaching hours and it was just too much to bear....

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Tertiary Education Union (TEU) national president Sandra Grey and NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) president Jonathan Gee today welcomed a new amendment to the Education Amendment Bill tabled by Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick that, if passed, will increase student and staff representation on tertiary education councils. “It is vital that MPs vote to pass this amendment and restore a strong voice for student and staff on tertiary...

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The Education Amendment Bill returns to Parliament shortly. Currently, the Bill will give students and staff one seat each on all tertiary education institution councils – reversing National’s decision to remove these seats, therefore excluding us from decision-making at our institution. Green Party tertiary education spokesperson, Chlöe Swarbrick, has tabled an amendment that, if passed would change the law to requires all councils...

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