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Tertiary teachers go on strike at six sites

Sep 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

tertiaryMAINTHE workload is increasing – but the pay is not, is what it boiled down to today, as 950 teaching staff took industrial action at six of the country’s government-funded tertiary education institutions.

Members of the Tertiary Education Union went on strike at NorthTec (Northland), Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waikato Institute of Technology, Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki, Unitec (Auckland), and Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

The education providers remained open and adamant that the strike would have minimal impact on students.

“Our primary focus at the moment is to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible to our students and their studies,” said Unitec’s Rick Ede, spokesperson for the providers.

The TEU said the action came in response to employer attempts to increase teaching days from 185 to 204 ,  and offering only a 1% pay increase, that would not be back dated.

It claimed that at some sites, non-union staff have had pay increases of between 4% and 6% annually.

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