Press Release Friday 26 April 2019Restructuring at the University of Waikato will affect more than the 50people whose jobs are under a cloud says the Tertiary Education Union.“This shake up in the end will impact on the quality of the experience ofstudents and the engagement with the community and employers” says TEUorganiser Shane Vugler.University management are currently consulting on restructuring ofadministration and support services following the establishment of five newdivisions in 2018.Vugler says staff were assured that no jobs were going in the shakeup.“Then two months into the new teaching year we are told that 50administration and support staff are facing a very uncertain futures.”“The Vice Chancellor put in five highly paid pro-vice chancellors duringlast year’s shake up and now he’s turned around to save money by cuttingthose working with students and staff on the frontline.”TEU national industrial officer, Irena Brorens, says “the moves to cutsupport and administrative staff will cost long-term. We’ve had a sneakpreview of the latest research on wellbeing in the tertiary educationsector and it shows that the continuous under investment in staff is nowharming student learning and well-being.”Brorens says “A survey of nearly 3,000 staff a third reported that supportservices had got worse over the last three years in the tertiary educationsector. This is because our institutional leaders, like the Vice Chancellorat Waikato, are underinvesting in staffing.”“Since Neil Quigley arrived at Waikato four years ago the amount of moneywhich goes into staff costs has dropped from 59% of expenditure to 54%. Ifyou keep cutting and cutting the staff at your institution, eventually theeffect will be felt by those relying on excellent support andadministrative services – the students.”Vugler hopes that during the next three weeks there will be genuineconsultation and they show that they are listening to staff and students.Last year, staff and students in Maori studies successfully opposed theirdepartment being subsumed into new divisions set up to ‘streamline’reporting to the Vice Chancellor.Media contact:Shane Vugler, organiser TEU - 021 194 5831Irena Brorens, national industrial officer TEU – 021 770 843