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Unions Look Forward to Role in Tertiary Reforms

Published: Thu 27 Jul 2006 01:08 PM
27 July 2006
Unions Look Forward to Role in Tertiary Education Reforms
The CTU supports tertiary education reforms that will ensure that resources are focused towards courses that meet social and economic priorities, says Carol Beaumont CTU Secretary, after today’s announcement by the Tertiary Education Minister, Michael Cullen.
The changes also signal much more involvement and participation of workers, and unions as part of industry involvement in tertiary education and training planning.
“However if this new plan is going to be successful, it will require not only re- organisation of current funding but also new investment. Everyone recognises that the sector is still under funded for what needs to be done, despite increases in recent years”, said Carol Beaumont.
We welcome the statement that these reforms are to assist the transformation of New Zealand into a high wage, high skill, knowledge based economy and contribute to our social and cultural development. It is therefore vital for unions to be involved in the ongoing consultation process of the reforms and their roll-out.
This is an ambitious plan and we commend the Minister for taking it on.
ENDS
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Te Kauae Kaimahi
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
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