CTU concerned by research findings in tertiary sector

The Council of Trade Unions is concerned bysome of the findings in a ‘State of the Public Tertiary Education SectorSurvey’ released today by the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi(TEU).

“Tertiary institutions are tremendouslyimportant to our society – they allow for the development of thought as well asthe learning of skills. These places of learning must be great places to think,teach, research and develop,” CTU Secretary Sam Huggard said.

“This report has identified that there areserious issues around workloads; that they are unmanageable. This is veryworrying and we urge all employers to take steps to ensure working people inall industries have manageable workloads. The frequent restructuring in ourtertiary sector is having a negative impact on staff and appears to be acontributing factor in why working conditions are deteriorating and why staffsatisfaction is decreasing.”

“Changing the fundamental orientation ofthe tertiary sector is significant recommendation. To change the current modelfrom one which is business and profit orientated to one which instead focuseson the value and power of tertiary education to transform lives of NewZealanders is aspirational and visionary,” Huggard said.

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