Yesterday RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme looked at the impact of redundancies at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) among academic staff — particularly on post-graduate students who are losing their supervisors.
The university has announced that 170 academic positions are being cut, but there are concerns about whether the criteria by which staff were selected to lose their jobs was fair.
Legal proceedings have been launched by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), which says the university has truncated the processes for dismissal set out in the collective agreement.
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It argues staff were selected because they failed to meet teaching and research requirements they did not know they were subject to.
Presenter Kathryn Ryan spoke to Professor Damon Salesa, who is vice-chancellor of AUT.
- Pacific Media Watch reports that Professor Salesa, who is the first Pasifika vice-chancellor at a university in Aotearoa New Zealand, has also faced criticism from Māori and Pacific staff worried about their futures. Yesterday on RNZ TEU organiser Jill Jones outlined how Dr Salesa had declined to face academic staff over the cuts and refused to negotiate with the union.