Union bosses attempt to stuff up student joy

In four short weeks, thousands of university students will be graduating in the December graduation ceremonies. There will be the traditional victory march of graduands though the city followed by a formal ceremony at the Town Hall that is full of pomp and ceremony with friends and family proudly watching on.

Or will there?

Students could face a wait for their end-of-year grades as staff from the Auckland University of Technology go on strike this week.

The strike action comes after a collective agreement covering 600 members expired and renegotiations for a new two-year agreement failed.

Union members on strike make up about 70 per cent of AUT’s academic staff and are refusing to upload students’ grades onto the university’s online database Arion.

Auckland University of Technology union staff will go on strike this week after pay negotiations with AUT broke down. Union staff are seeking a 2.5% pay rise next year and 2.5% in 2017, while the university has offered a 1.3% rise next year and 1.5% in 2017.  

Tertiary Education Union (TEU) organiser Irena Brorens says:

“We’ve been in bargaining with AUT for a few months and we have been dealing with things, everything’s been going reasonably well, but we have a difference in our salary claim and the offer from AUT.”

So what is the union’s response after “a few months” of negotiating? They are refusing to upload student’s final marks to the university database. This is devastating to students who have worked incredibly hard for years because if those marks don’t get loaded they will not be able to graduate, potentially putting at risk jobs and internships which have been offered subject to providing a completed transcript. No marks, no transcripts, no graduation, no jobs, no internships.

But they know this, and they know the university knows it too, because they have promised to withdraw strike action if their demands are met.

Why the hell do unions think it is ok to use blackmail and manipulation to increase their pay packets? How can they not care about collateral damage?

These same staff who have contributed to the development of students are now use students as a tool of manipulation. They have no shame. Whether it be students, patients, nurses, customers or commuters, they don’t care who they hurt for the sake of a few extra dollars in the pay packet.

It beggars belief that people earning in the top tax bracket even need a union.


– NZ Herald

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