Time to take stock of the year that’s been

As we wrap up for 2019, there is no better time to take stock and look back at all we have achieved this year together as Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union. 2019 has been a great year, and together we have achieved so much.

Together we have negotiated better pay and conditions for 10,000 people working in tertiary education. Together we have run and supported campaigns that seek to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and that ensure our tertiary education institutions remain great places to work and study. Together we have been involved in important conversations around the future of tertiary education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The reform of vocational education (RoVE) has understandably been front-of-mind for TEU members, staff, students and communities around the country. Together, our actions throughout the process ensured that the Tertiary Education Commission held consultations with ITP staff up and down the country, and that the Minister of Education made a point of speaking at the union’s own RoVE meeting.

As a result of input from our members, the Minister has listened, and we now have a New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and a Charter for that institution that ensures the centrality and wellbeing of tauira|learners, and the requirement for staff to be empowered on both academic and non-academic matters.

Together we have also ensured a change in direction is embedded in the Tertiary Education Strategy. Again, throughout the revision of the Strategy, we have been in conversations with the Ministry of Education and Tertiary Education Commission, relaying the concerns of TEU members. Together we have been heard.

The revised Tertiary Education Strategy takes a major step away from the narrow focus on labour market productivity and economic growth seen in the last Strategy and towards greater recognition of the transformative power of tertiary education, and the lifelong role education plays in developing the social, cultural, intellectual, and technical capabilities of individuals.

Guided by Te Koeke Tiriti, the TEU framework which guides our Tiriti o Waitangi relationships and behaviours, the overarching message and guiding whāinga of the 2019 Branch Presidents’ Meeting was awhi atu, awhi mai: together we can make sure all workers have decent work and that our employers pay well and pay fairly.

Te Koeke Tiriti continues to play a key role in the work we do as a union and our input into RoVE and the revision of the Tertiary Education Strategy has reflected our guiding principles.

In a recent edition of Hau Taki Haere |Tertiary Update, we presented a special Industrial Edition and looked back at some of the highlights and lowlights for our teams who worked to negotiate pay that reflects the energy staff put into tertiary education. In this edition, we take a look at our top ten viewed Tertiary Update stories and ask you take stock of everything we have achieved together.

We know we still have some way to go in ensuring public tertiary education for all, and the coming year will remain one of uncertainty for many TEU members. But together, in union and in solidarity with our colleagues and staff around the country we can be proud of all we have achieved, can take a well-deserved break, and be hopeful and energised for the year ahead.

Also in this update:

Paid leave brought to you by TEU

Tertiary update: Top ten stories of 2019

From the president

A look at the top ten from our vice presidents

Why join the TEU

Other news

Tertiary union slams Waikato University pay offer - Voxy

University strikes offer a lesson in principles, pay and pensions – The Guardian

Murdoch University to sue academic for public criticism – The Australian