Lincoln on a roll!.

Over 40% of TEU members at Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki| Lincoln University branch turned out to last Wednesday’s paid union meeting – the highest participation rate of the eight universities.

For new TEU branch co-president Cor Vink, hope is the new ingredient that has turned things around.

“What last Wednesday showed is that when members get together in numbers and share a space to voice issues of concern, they can see they are not alone and there are solutions. They can see their workmates organised into a union of colleagues that are committed to making their workplace better.”

“What was also particularly energising for members was the knowledge that it’s not just Lincoln in this alone – there are seven other TEU university branches who all share the same issues and are all taking the same action at the same time.”

The stop work meeting also came off the back of a wonderful Women’s Suffrage Day event on Monday the 19th where 12 Lincoln University staff members were recognised with ‘Camelia Awards’ – nominated by their colleagues simply for being great people in the workplace.

TEU branch committee member Tracey Shields said “the Suffrage Day event was also a wonderful thing to be a part of – some of our award recipients were overcome with emotion as they received their camelia plants as tokens of recognition.”

“We are all looking forward to the next steps in our journey as a branch, and as a union, when we know there will be many more inspiring weeks like the one we’ve just had.”