HE institutions hold stop-work meetings to demand funding
The Tertiary Education Union invited politicians from all stripes to meetings to demand a commitment to more funding for the sector. â€śThis election is upon us and it will make or break tertiary education in Aotearoa,â€ť Tertiary Education Union President Julie Douglas told a large crowd at Victoria University. She said universities had been through a â€śdamn tough yearâ€ť with â€śs****y things happeningâ€ť. â€śDecades of under-investment have seen polytechnics go to the wall. Weâ€™ve seen universities slashing courses and ultimately the cutting of jobs,â€ť Douglas said.
Otago, Massey and Victoria universities are all proposing job cuts to cope with large deficits. Victoria University faces a NZ$33 million (US$19.5 million) shortfall and 260 jobs are on the chopping block. Nearly 80 staff have already taken voluntary redundancy. Early next week, staff will hear what jobs will be gone.
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