Bargaining campaign underway!.

Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union’s Industrial and Professional Vice President is calling on members to become activists as we launch a nationwide campaign to lift pay settlements in a year when inflation has hit a thirty-year high.

Julie Douglas says, “our comrades and colleagues on the lowest wages need all our support to get a good deal. And we all deserve better, given the struggle over the past few years to keep the sector going in the face of COVID-19 and unnecessary staff cuts that combined to foist us with crippling workloads.”

“We need to work together this year, we will work together this year, we will be successful. But this needs to be off the backs of our fight and determination. Doing a little will bring about a lot – of visibility, solidarity, strength of commitment, strength of passion, and importantly a win you all deserve.”

“If we all step up and take on leading some of the activities, we are increasing our effectiveness and visibility. Will you let your branch president know that you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and do the mahi?”

“Let’s have fun, let’s win a good deal for the workers of the tertiary education sector. I roto i te kotahitanga!”

Six weeks ago, Te Pou Ahurei Takirua – Ahumahi | Assistant National Secretary – Industrial, Irena Brörens said “Aotearoa universities have been, for the most part, reporting healthy surpluses in recent times and with the New Zealand economy in a strong position, with good GDP growth, pay increases that match the rising cost of living are affordable for New Zealand. This year we won’t be accepting the impact of COVID-19 as an excuse for low pay offers.”

To join the national campaign email Te Pou Hakawhiti | Communications and Campaigns Officer Enzo Giordani.