After seven years of negotiation between 12 countries, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) appeared to collapse after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in January 2017. The TPP sought to formalise trade and investment negotiations between member states and would have cut tariffs, increased access to markets, and set common labour, environmental, and intellectual […]
The Productivity Commission’s report on New Models of Tertiary Education “has done a disservice to New Zealanders,” according to VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin.
Hundreds of protesters turned out at Parliament last Monday in response to predatory and offensive comments made by Wellington Boys’ College students on a private Wellington Boys’ College Facebook page. One of the comments claimed: “If you don’t take advantage of a drunk girl, you’re not a true WC boy.” It received over 70 likes. […]
Victoria University Lecturer Bevan Marten has criticised New Zealand’s failure to ratify an international convention which limits pollution from ships as “embarrassing.” New Zealand is one of only four countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that have not ratified Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from […]
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace recommended on March 14 that the Hutt City Council “support, in principle,” the living wage — and said he would encourage the Chief Executive to seek ways to pay the living wage to Council staff. The living wage is the hourly rate required for a worker to survive and live […]
Concerns have been raised by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) as the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) seeks to secure a new contract for the bus services in the Wellington region.
On March 15, Justice Minister Amy Adams introduced a bill into parliament that would overhaul aspects of the Domestic Violence Act 1995. Changes include making the process for obtaining a protection order easier for victims, as well as allowing earlier intervention to connect victims and perpetrators to services that may reduce the risk of violence. […]
More than 1000 Auckland University staff members went on strike for half a day on March 16 after pay disputes with the university. The decision came after several months of negotiations between the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) and the university regarding a pay increase proposal by the union. The proposal included a 1.2% pay increase […]
Chris Eichbaum is the Acting Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) at Victoria University. Salient sat down with him to discuss student representation, accountability, and what to do when your lecturer is a bit shit. *** We are interested in the idea of co-creation of learning, which — in our understanding — is the partnership and collaboration […]