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Auckland uni staff to strike over pay gap

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

University of Auckland staff are set to strike in an effort to get better pay for those at the bottom of the scale

More than 1000 academic and professional staff members are scheduled to begin a half-day strike from 10am to 2pm on Thursday.

The Tertiary Education Union said negotiations with university management have been going on for over seven months.

The union had proposed a 1.2 per cent pay increase in 2017 followed by a flat rate pay rise of $1200 from February 1, 2018, as well as a $3500 increase for those being paid the least.

The offer was rejected by the university in favour of a 1.2 per cent increase in pay for two consecutive years, followed by discussions.

"We don't take the decision to go on strike lightly - our preference is to conduct our research and to teach," TEU academic co-president, John Egan, said.

The Auckland University Students' Association says it's backing the union.

"Obviously it's not ideal that bargaining processes have got to the point where student classes are being affected by a strike, but I'm confident that most students will understand that this is an option that the TEU has taken only after engaging in a long and frustrated bargaining process," AUSA President Will Matthews said.

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