January 25, 2023
Collective stymies AUT sacking plan
A court judgment that Auckland University of Technology must re-start its redundancy process is being seen as a reminder to all employers to follow the right steps when making cuts.
The court found in favour of staff that the university should have identified positions that needed to go rather than targeting individuals.
Tertiary Education Union organiser Jill Jones says the decision will allow the union to fight for workers who don’t want to leave – including those who have already accepted redundancy under the university’s terms.
“It sends out a very strong message to other employers that when there’s a collective agreement, you really have to respect that and you’ve really got to follow that,” she says.
Ms Jones says the union will meet with AUT management, which says it wants to find a way forward.