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TEU Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 23

Column – Association of University Staff Negotiations begin at Otago Uni It has been a slow start to collective bargaining at New Zealand’s universities this year with only Victoria, Massey and, as of this morning, Otago beginning negotiations. The union bargaining team at Otago will focus … Negotiations begin at Otago Uni It has been a slow start to collective bargaining at New Zealand’s universities this year with only Victoria, Massey and, as of this morning, Otago beginning negotiations. The union bargaining team at Otago will focus on solving the workload issues that members raised repeatedly in surveys and meeting over recent months. TEU’s deputy secretary Nanette Cormack, who has been travelling the country coordinating much of the bargaining, says tight financial pressure from government funding cuts means most of the universities are acting cautiously, particularly around the issue of pay. “We know times are tough but universities have continued to make good surpluses and what we are asking for is reasonable and modest. In addition to concern about erosion of salaries for most union members around the country the issue of workload and job security are increasingly pressing concerns.” TEU’s Otago University organiser Shaun Scott says Otago staff face ever growing workloads as pressure for more research more students and more compliance reporting from government cuts into time. “We want manageable workloads for the good of our students,...

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TEU Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 7

Column – Association of University Staff PBRF becomes corporate welfare programme The government’s approach to performance based research funding is a quarter of a billion dollar corporate welfare scheme according to Scoop journalist Gordon Campbell. Mr Campbell published an article earlier … PBRF becomes corporate welfare programme The government’s approach to performance based research funding is a quarter of a billion dollar corporate welfare scheme according to Scoop journalist Gordon Campbell. Mr Campbell published an article earlier this week, Marketing the Mind: How the tertiary sector in New Zealand is being hi-jacked into the service of commerce, where he explores the financial pressures on the tertiary education system. In it, he notes that the Tertiary Education Strategy 2010-2015 says, “We will ensure that the Performance-Based Research Fund recognises research of direct relevance to the needs of firms and its dissemination to them…” “University research apparently, is to be funded in part at least on its demonstrated ability to disseminate its research findings to business,” says Campbell. “Given the exceptionally low level of investment in research and development made by the private sector in New Zealand….the aim would appear to be to turn tertiary institutions into the research arms of commerce, as taxpayer funded forms of Corporate Welfare.” TEU te tumu arataki Cheri Waititi agrees. “It is not just performance funding for research where the emphasis has shifted too far...

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