6 November 2006
Attention: Political and Education reporters
For Immediate Release
Female students demand flexible working hours
Now is the time for flexible working hours legislation, say the Tertiary Women’s Focus Group (TWFG), the women’s policy
and campaign group of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA).
The TWFG have recently joined the coalition for Flexible Working Hours, which has the goal of legislating the right to
request flexible hours for all workers.
“Student debt is still growing, and access to quality flexible working hours would benefit students greatly”, says
Jennifer Jones, National Women’s Rights Officer for NZUSA and facilitator of the TWFG. “Not only would flexible hours
make it easier for students to find work, but it would be an incentive for students to do so.”
“The current user-pays system discourages women from training in particular areas or from re-entering study because of
high fees and lack of access to allowances or part-time scholarships,” Jones said.
“Flexible hours would allow these women to work and study, and keep their student debt to a minimum.”
“In addition”, said Jones, “many students, particularly women, juggle study with family responsibilities. If flexible
hours were available, fitting work around these other activities would not be so problematic.”
The Flexible Working Hours coalition is being launched today at 12pm in the Beehive West Foyer, Wellington.
NZ Union of Students' Associations
We stand for opportunity, for all.
NZUSA is the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations, the national body that represents New Zealand's students'
associations and the interests of New Zealand's 400,000 students at universities, polytechnics and in trades training.
We conduct original research, advocate to Government and through the media, and support New Zealand's students'
associations to be more effective on behalf of their members. We advocate alongside Te Mana Akonga – The National Māori
Students' Association, and Tertiary Women New Zealand – The NZUSA Women's Caucus.
Since 1929, we've believed in a society rich in opportunity, where anyone from anywhere can become any thing. We
support accessible, affordable quality public tertiary education.