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University admin staff rally 'Mad Men' style

University admin staff rally 'Mad Men' style

Administration staff at the University of Auckland will gather in 1960s outfits on Friday 16 May to tell their vice-chancellor they don't want their jobs to go back in time.

The university plans to downshift hundreds of its administration staff, mostly women, into new lower level jobs.

"It's a move back in time for these women," says TEU organiser Jane Kostanich.

The university's Faculty Administration Review (FAR) plans to cut over 100 jobs and change the job descriptions for a further 250. TEU members at the university say many of these jobs will sit lower on the university's scale, which in the long-term will mean lower pay, less respect, and more work with less responsibility.

Most of the women currently working for the university's administration team needed a degree to get their current job or added qualifications as part of their professional development and many have years of experience.

Administration staff plan to hold a rally outside the vice-chancellor's office in the Registry Building's Alfred Nathan House, at 12:30pm, 16 May.


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