Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Redundancy Announcement “shocking”

Redundancy Announcement “shocking”

UNITEC management advised academic staff in the School of Languages today of proposed redundancies that will affect 25% (20 –25 people) of staff in the area. This has both puzzled and angered staff who can not understand why such savage cuts should be seen as necessary.

Lloyd Woods, National President of the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education, the professional association and union covering these workers, said today “we find it amazing that in a geographical area arguably having the greatest number of non English speaking migrants and refugees and at a time when Government is clearly prioritising literacy and language skills as critical to future prosperity, Unitec is looking at cutting provision. Further to that we see proposed redundancies in a department that showed a surplus last year of 1.75 million dollars very unusual. We can only presume this is yet another step in the expensive and foolish chase for University status”. Mr Woods added “Unitec has a number of reviews underway, all seem to be in an effort to divest themselves of non-degree level courses and programmes. The students miss out, the staff lose jobs, but John Webster and his cronies can tilt the balance with regard to level of provision”.

Mr Woods added, “ Sadly institutions like Unitec seem to have lost their heart. They must simply see staff as pawns in their own little game. There seems to be little if any regard for the effects of redundancy on staff or indeed their own institution. Sad employer practices, very sad to see”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
K Emma Ng's Old Asian, New Asian

This book, written by a young second-generation Chinese New Zealander, gives many examples of the racism that Asian New Zealanders experience. More>>