Strike action ended

Update: Friday 9 December

Kia ora koutou

On Thursday 8 December, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) announced its decision to end the strike action by its academic staff members on entering and releasing student marks or course marks. The strike ended at 7pm that evening.

The University welcomes this news, as it permits our academic union members to complete the release of student grades into Canvas. This will allay many of the concerns our students have had and expressed about their delayed grades, as well as help resolve many of the situations the delay produced.

While it is good news for our students at such an important time in the academic year, there remain issues for negotiation between the University and the unions. We are in discussions about how to move these matters forward in a constructive way.

In the meantime, our priority is to conclude our normal course of academic year-end business as quickly as possible, and to that end I endorse the TEU’s call to its academic members to complete this step over the next few working days.

Ngā mihi nui
Dawn 

Professor Dawn Freshwater
Vice-Chancellor

Update: Thursday 8 December

The current strike action by academic staff who are union members has been extended until 7pm on Thursday 8 December. The nature of the strike is 'a ban on entering and releasing student marks or course marks into any student management system'.

The strike action is causing disruption to many of our students awaiting their grades and is raising concerns about knock-on effects relating to course progression, international student visas, employment opportunities and other delays.

Most of our students have their grades. Our goal is to have all final grades released to students before the summer holiday break or atleast have solutions in place to allow them to progress.

If you have any concerns about potential delays, view our detailed FAQs to answer your questions.

However, if you require additional support, you may also complete one of the relevant forms below to help us provide you with support quickly and effectively:

Collective agreements at other universities

The TEU has confirmed that some other universities in Aotearoa New Zealand have now settled their collective agreements. This allows us to compare average salary increases at those universities with the University of Auckland’s offer.

For a senior lecturer earning on average $128,103 pa, the comparative figures are as follows:

  Auckland Otago Canterbury Victoria
2023  

5%

2.7%                

3.5%

2.3%             

2024                    4% 2.8% 3.5% 2.5%

Original message to students, 29 November 2022

Kia ora koutou

We understand many students are concerned about delayed exam results. It is unfortunate that the current strike action by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), with whom the University continues to engage in good faith, is spilling over into your own personal and professional lives.

We are doing everything we can to minimise any delays to ensure you receive your exam
results. Many courses have already been updated, however we acknowledge that there are significant delays for some students due to the strike action.

Please be assured your exam results are a priority to us and we will process all results as quickly as possible, within the constraints of the current strike. We will contact individual students who are impacted by the strike action this week, and will outline the steps we are taking to resolve this issue in your best interests.

Ngā mihi nui 

Dr Gayle Morris 

Director of Learning and Teaching
Office of the Vice-Chancellor