Tag: Tertiary Education Union

TEU honours courage of Jane Kelsey and Huirangi Waikerepuru

Press Release – Tertiary Education Union The Tertiary Education Union will honour Professor Jane Kelsey and Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru with awards of excellence at its annual conference tomorrow evening.TEU honours courage of Jane Kelsey and Huirangi Waikerepuru 8 November 2015 The Tertiary Education Union will honour Professor Jane Kelsey and Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru with awards of excellence at its annual conference tomorrow evening. Kelsey will receive an award of excellence for academic freedom. Kelsey’s actions in researching, analysing and opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other trade deals are examples of the best the academic profession can be. She has come under constant attack from those who do not want her research and commentary in front of the public, and yet she continues to mobilise widespread public awareness of and opposition to the TPPA. Waikerepuru recently retired from his role as TEU’s Tauheke and is well known to union members for his decades of wise counsel and leadership. TEU is recognising him tomorrow night with an award of excellence for professional integrity for his lifelong commitment to protecting and promoting Te Reo Māori and indigenous rights. He led the case through the privy council that New Zealand should recognise and protest Te Reo Māori as a taonga under te Tiriti o Waitangi and was also instrumental in lobbying for the creation of Te Māngai Pāho. TEU will also...

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Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 8

Press Release – Tertiary Education Union Employment negotiations for thousands of university staff at seven of New Zealand’s eight universities will begin in three months’ time, and union members are already working out what the main issues they need to see addressed to improve their working …University staff seek assurance reviews will not increase workload Employment negotiations for thousands of university staff at seven of New Zealand’s eight universities will begin in three months’ time, and union members are already working out what the main issues they need to see addressed to improve their working life. One of the biggest issues facing many staff is increasing workloads because of staff numbers not keeping pace with student numbers. TEU members across all seven universities will be claiming employment protection for staff whose workload increases because of redundancies or restructuring. The nationwide claim says if within six months of a review, restructuring or management of change process concluding, employees believe that their workloads are excessive, or that staffing levels are not sufficient, they may request a review of their workload. If the review finds that workloads are not safe, equitable, or reasonable the university must take appropriate steps to remedy the situation. TEU university academic vice-president John Prince says the short-term effect of reviews is stress and job losses, but the long-term effect, if reviews are poorly conceived, is increasing workloads....

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Govt must ensure Destiny University does not open floodgates

Press Release – Tertiary Education Union Destiny Church ‘University’ could be just the beginning if the government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) trade negotiations conclude without proper public scrutiny.Media Release Tertiary Education Union 9 January 2012 Govt must ensure Destiny University does not open floodgates Destiny Church ‘University’ could be just the beginning if the government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) trade negotiations conclude without proper public scrutiny. “Destiny’s outlandish ‘university’ makes a mockery of the public education responsibilities of New Zealand’s real universities, polytechnics and wānanga,” said TEU President Dr Sandra Grey. “Our public universities all provide accredited evidence based high quality public education. That is what New Zealanders expect when they hear the term ‘university’.” “In all likelihood Mr Tamaki’s ‘university’ will do none of those things. It is likely that his own battered reputation will be enough to ensure most Kiwis are not conned into paying for an education of little value. However, there are thousands of other pseudo-educational institutions like Mr Tamaki’s out there in the world, many wanting to expand their market access into New Zealand.” “The Government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, currently being negotiated with the United States and seven other countries, will ensure those sham-universities have the same rights to set up business in New Zealand that Mr Tamaki has. In effect, the combination of proposals like Mr Tamaki’s and the TPPA threatens to open the floodgates...

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