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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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Although welcoming the progress of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (ERAB) in Parliament this week as a first step in addressing the imbalance between working people and employers, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) today called on Labour and New Zealand First to commit to further changes ahead of the next election. “MPs took a step forward this week, which is welcome. However we are still a long way from the changes we need to...

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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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MPs voted last night to put into law a requirement that people experiencing family violence get support at work. The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill passed in Parliament last night, 63 votes to 57, with only National and ACT voting against it. National supported the bill at first reading – with many of its MPs saying during the debate how proud they were to be backing it. But they later withdrew their support. The...

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A new government-backed campaign has been launched to help eliminate family and sexual violence, and suicidal behaviour among Pasifika young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Atu-Mai violence prevention programme has been developed to equip Pasifika young people and their families with the knowledge and tools to live violence-free. It takes an educational and skills-based approach to behavioural change across generations, and to...

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