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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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On 6 October Māori women effectively started working for free until 2019, because of the gender pay imbalance compared with the pay of men. Per hour of work, Māori women on average receive $24.26, compared with the $31.82 received by Kiwi men. That’s a gender pay imbalance of 23.76% – and it’s even worse compared with Pākehā men, who earn on average $33.59 an hour, an imbalance of 27.78%. In just 279 days, the average Kiwi man has...

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To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Tertiary Education Union is calling on all tertiary institutions to make student and staff wellbeing a priority. Last year the TEU published its second state of the sector report, revealing a serious drop in staff wellbeing over the last decade. The latest set of results will be published in a third state of the sector report next year, and early analysis suggests staff wellbeing is getting...

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TEU national president, Sandra Grey joined TEU members and students at AUT this week to call on the Vice-Chancellor to pay all staff at the institution a Living Wage. Nearly one thousand students and staff signed a petition that will be presented to AUT Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack as part of the bargaining process. “Every person working at AUT makes a huge contribution to making the institution a great place to study, so it is...

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MPs will soon debate student and staff representation on tertiary education institution councils and they must give at least two seats to both students and staff, the Tertiary Education Union said. Chris Hipkins’ Education Amendment Bill will restore a legal requirement for every institution to have at least one student and one staff member on their council. The Bill recently completed its Select Committee stage, where...

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