Negotiations are underway concerning future pay and conditions for staff working under collective agreements at five universities.The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has initiated bargaining at the University of Otago, Lincoln University, the University of Canterbury, the University of Waikato and the Auckland University of Technology.TEU members at each institution will be negotiating collectively over the coming months for salaries and conditions that recognise the time, skill and energy staff put into making their university a great place to study.This work will be underpinned by a new Industrial Strategy members adopted at the TEU’s recent annual conference.Changes to tertiary education under the last National Government have led to the increased casualisation of the workforce; greater productivity demands; and intensification of work for both academic and general staff.This has had a significant impact on staff wellbeing and in many instances has increased the stress felt by people working in the sector. Years of underfunding has also led salaries in the sector falling behind. This could soon impact on the quality on people the sector is able to attract.TEU’s Industrial Strategy recognises that staff conditions of work are students’ conditions of learning and provides a framework to promote positive employment relations. It also ensures the TEU is maximising the collective influence of staff working right across the country to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.