Earlier this year, Hau Taki Haere |Tertiary Update covered how staff at Literacy Aotearoa Charitable Trust were joining TEU, connecting with one another, and realising they are stronger together. Here, TEU members at Literacy Aotearoa Charitable trust provide an update on TEU membership and involvement at the adult learning services provider.

In July 2020, TEU members at Literacy Aotearoa Charitable Trust (LACT) shared how we, the tutors at LACT, had found that communicating with each other about our mutual employment issues, standing together to challenge unilateral variations to Individual  Employment Agreements (IEA) and seeking the support of TEU had made us stronger and more able to navigate the minefield of issues centred around our IEAs.

Since then, our group has grown every week and we estimate that over one third of tutors employed by LACT are now TEU members. In addition, we have taken the exciting step of formally applying for recognition as an official branch. A committee has been formed and the members continue to work closely with TEU organiser and member of the TEU recruitment team Lawrence O’Halloran .

While locally, within our organisation, setting up a TEU group has been met with significant resistance from management, we have found encouragement and support through connecting across the motu.

On 3 November 2020, Stuart Moriarty-Patten – President Elect –   represented us at a hui with other TEU Branch Presidents, to connect, plan, kōrero and prepare - “Tū kotahi, tū kaha. Stronger Together”.

Stuart returned to our group full of renewed enthusiasm and passed on to us the welcome and support he had received. While the LACT TEU group continues to face ongoing opposition - most fundamentally the issue of being denied access through any organisational communication channels to share TEU information with fellow tutors and employees - we stand together, strong and determined. We are here to stay.

We are grateful to know that around the motu there are TEU members and representatives who stand with us in our commitment to ensure fairer and more secure working conditions for our members. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.