Polytechnic Teachers on Strike in New Zealand
Submitted by Mary on Tue 22nd September, 2009 - 12:30 pm
Teachers Picketing the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Teachers in the Bay of Plenty area of New Zealand are on strike as a result of an 'insulting' offer from management
The teachers are members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) The strike vote followed a proposal from employers that would have increased teaching days by 10 per cent (from 185 per year to 204) and could require all discretionary leave to be at the employer's discretion rather than the employees, as it was at present. Members are extremely frustrated by the offer and this is reflected in a 98% vote in favour of industrial action. Staff at six polytechnics are involved in the action.
Staff at the nearby Nelson Marlbrough Institute of Technology have also voted for strike action after a 0% offer from their employers.
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