TEU is pleased to announce members have voted Julie Douglas to continue as our Industrial and Professional Vice-President.

Douglas is Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau | Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where she has also taught diversity and ethics. You can read Julie Douglas’ candidate profile here.

Douglas says she is excited to continue representing TEU as Industrial and Professional Vice-President and says the review of the TEU National Industrial Strategy, ensuring job security and further development of Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology) will be key areas of work moving forward,

“We are seeing across the university sector some pretty worrisome messages about staff and staffing levels, so the union is going to be particularly important to members across a number of issues in the coming months, including job security. Our Industrial Strategy provides an anchor and direction to improve conditions for working people but now we are facing a time where there is going to be significant downward pressure on those wages and conditions”.

Douglas cites our Secure Work campaign as another key area of mahi, stating,

“It’s a fantastic campaign and is crucial to educating all tertiary education staff on how insecure work impacts working people and their whānau, especially our colleagues. It’s not just about the workplace, it’s about your wellbeing and ability to contribute as a citizen. The campaign goes beyond our members, and speaks to the wider workforce. If we are going to have a sector that fulfils the vision of the Tertiary Education Strategy and helps us through our social and economic recovery, then we need to ensure we have the capacity to do so. This is a time for greater security, not less”.

Douglas would like to thank the TEU membership for the opportunity to lead as Industrial and Professional Vice-President,

“Thank you to all our members for the support they have shown, and all the messages of encouragement. I feel really honoured to continue in the role. These are unsettled times for everyone, but a great time to be a part of TEU and to have the support of the union”.