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Secret trade agreement bad for education and democracy

Press Release – NZTEU It is not acceptable that trade negotiators could be secretly signing away control over our education system, says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs.Secret trade agreement bad for education and democracy It is not acceptable that trade negotiators could be secretly signing away control over our education system, says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs. The TEU is one of several applicants taking the government to court over its refusal to share secret Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) documents. “Even after the TPPA has been agreed we still do not know what is in it,” says Riggs. “We do know that it is may affect university libraries’ ability to share information, future governments’ ability to cut subsidies to overseas for-profit tertiary institutions, and polytechnics’ ability to set affordable tuition fees for New Zealand students.” Riggs says New Zealanders should have been able to see and debate the agreement before they had it imposed upon them. “If the government wants to make international rules that affect how we teach, then it should send teaching experts to do the job publicly, not secret trade officials who don’t know the effects their decisions could have on education.” TEU is one of seven applicants supporting Professor Jane Kelsey’s judicial review of the trade minister’s decision not to release secret TPPA documents under the Official Information Act. ends Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 33

Press Release – NZTEU Union members at Victoria University of Wellington won an extra week of paid parental leave when negotiations concluded with their employer last week. Members will get to vote on whether to ratify the new agreements next week. TEU organiser Nicki Wilford … Family-friendly settlement at VUW a winner for new members Union members at Victoria University of Wellington won an extra week of paid parental leave when negotiations concluded with their employer last week. Members will get to vote on whether to ratify the new agreements next week. TEU organiser Nicki Wilford said that achievement, and an agreement from the university to allow employees who have children at any of the university-based childcare centres, to sacrifice a portion of salary to pay for the childcare (thus saving tax), both led to a ‘family-friendly’ settlement. [Read more…] Global petition calls for more democratic trade negotiations. Online activist hub AVAAZ has launched a global campaign against the Transpacific Partnership (TPPA) trade agreement. TEU has regularly warned that the agreement could open New Zealand’s tertiary education system to foreign, private competition, effectively giving multinational for-profit education companies the right to sue the New Zealand government if they felt they were being treated unfairly by our education laws and policies. [Read more…] Submissions favour 26 weeks paid parental leave Over 500 people have shown their support for extending paid...

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