Thousands of University staff will strike over rising cost of living

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Oct 04, 2022 |

Thousands of staff across the country’s eight universities will stage a half-day strike.

Union members from University of Auckland, AUT, University of Waikato, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, Canterbury University, Lincoln University and University of Otago will strike on Thursday.

Canterbury University staff will walk off the job at 1pm, until 3pm, while Lincoln University staff will strike from 10-11am.

The union is claiming an 8% pay increase to match the rising cost of living.

Te Pou Ahurei Takirua – Ahumahi | Assistant National Secretary – Industrial, Irena Brörens says “our members are feeling frustrated, angry, and worried about the future of their sector if pay does not keep pace with the cost of living.

They don’t want to keep watching good colleagues leave tertiary education or move overseas for industries and international universities that value staff more fairly for what they do.”

“The message we’ve heard loud and clear from our members up and down Aotearoa is they find their employers’ pay offers unacceptable, they are feeling undervalued and they are not willing to accept an effective pay cut.

They are taking action for each of their collective agreements, as a sector and as a union to show tertiary employers how serious they are.”

Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi | Public Service Association Assistant Secretary Alex Davies said it was disappointing that members have been forced into taking strike action.

“The overwhelming vote to strike just underlines the strength of feeling among our members who feel a cost of living adjustment is simply fair and reasonable at a time of unprecedented pressure on household budgets.

We hope our action sends a strong message to university employers that they need to invest in their staff before it’s too late.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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