University unions & employers to meet
University unions and employers will meet in Wellington on Wednesday this week for discussions prior to the formal
commencement of national collective agreement bargaining in the university sector later in the month.
It follows the announcement last week that university unions are to claim a salary increase of 10% per annum over the
next three years for academic staff and 10% in 2004 for general (non-academic) staff plus increases in job evaluation
alignments to the higher quartiles of the salary market.
The union and employer parties are expecting to arrange dates for bargaining and to formalise bargaining protocols at
AUS Industrial Officer Jeff Rowe has been named as the lead advocate for the unions. He will be assisted by Jenny
Chapman from the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE) and Mark Ryan (PSA), and a team of 12 staff from the
seven universities cited as parties to the negotiations.
The unions are seeking national collective employment agreements for academic and general staff, as part of an effort to
ensure the long term sustainability of high-quality university education in New Zealand.
Association of University Staff National President, Dr Bill Rosenberg, said that cuts in real funding to universities
over the last 12 years had not only eroded the pay and working conditions of staff, but were also increasingly affecting
the quality of education for students.
Dr Rosenberg said that staff are the crucial factor in determining the quality of university education scholarship and
research. “Higher workloads, reduced opportunity for research and a decaying university infrastructure have combined to
provide a serious threat to the credibility and reputation of New Zealand universities. We are determined that this must
be rectified,” he said
For further information or comment please contact:
Dr Bill Rosenberg, National President, Association of University Staff (AUS)
Ph (03) 364 2801 (work) (03) 332 8525 (home) 021 680 475 (mobile)
Lloyd Woods, National President, Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE)
Ph (04) 801 5098 (work) 027 230 7336 (mobile)
For background information please contact
Marty Braithwaite, Communications Officer, AUS
Ph (04) 915 2680 027 274 7795