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WITT votes on new pay system

WITT votes on new pay system


Posted By on Mar 28, 2013

Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 9 TEU members at the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) are voting on a new, more transparent, pay system. Negotiations at WITT were late to start last year while the polytechnic dealt with the government’s level 1-2 foundations studies cuts to polytechnics. However, negotiations started properly in January and union members focused on progressing a previous commitment from the polytechnic to...

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The Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) council met last week for the first time since the fallout over its decision to advertise for a new chief executive. However the Taranaki Daily News reports throughout the two hour meeting there wasn’t a single mention of the widespread controversy surrounding the council’s decision to refuse to reappoint its chief executive Richard Handley to his position.. The Daily...

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Walsh and Handley move on

Walsh and Handley move on


Posted By on Jan 31, 2013

Victoria University’s vice chancellor Professor Pat Walsh surprised a few Wellingtonians this week when he announced he would not be seeking a third term as vice-chancellor at the university. Chancellor Ian McKinnon told the Dominion Post that the university would shortly begin looking for a replacement. He credited Pat Walsh with increasing the university’s profile on the world stage, and spearheading redevelopments such as the...

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TEU’s national day of action opposing cuts to foundation studies campaign drew widespread publicity and a small initial victory at UCOL where several jobs were saved. As last week’s day of action took place the CEO of UCOL, Paul McElroy announced that the polytechnic would no longer be closing four programmes: the Certificate in Fashion and Beauty level 1, the Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills level 1, and the Certificate in...

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Protests over foundation studies cut

Protests over foundation studies cut


Posted By on Nov 21, 2012

Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 41 TEU members are holding protests and meetings at polytechnics around the country today to convince the government to put more money into foundation studies education at polytechnics. The protests coincide with media coverage (from Auckland’s New Zealand Herald to Dunedin’s Otago Daily Times) of the millions of dollars the government has stripped from polytechnics through its foundation studies...

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Following UCOL’s announcements of massive course closures and staff cuts as a result of government funding cuts, other polytechnics are now also announcing course closures and staff cuts. The Nelson Mail reported that Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology has lost about 100 full-time student places, or about $600,000 of funding. “We are looking at what our options are. It could well have a knock-on effect in terms of staffing,”...

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