PhD salaries negotiations

There has been growing debates on the latest round of negotiations affecting PhD candidates’ salaries, which has led to some inequalities between new-hires and staff already in post. To help you navigate the debate and understand how these negotiations may affect you, DION has been getting inputs from different actors.

Article in Khrono

DION was interviewed for this article by Matt Arnesen [in Norwegian] about inequal wages for PhD candidates.  You can find a short English summary below [English summary by Lisa Tietze, DION board member]

Khrono reports about the current situation in which senior PhD candidates can find themselves earning less than newly employed PhD candidates. In the last two years the salary negotiations have seen an increase in PhD salary. This however mainly applies for new PhD candidates. Since 1st of May 2019, PhD candidates that are unorganized or part of a union in LO Stat, Unio and YS Stat earn 479.600 NOK because they were raised into a new payment framen. A PhD candidate who started a year before that will earn around 8.000 NOK less a year, also from 1st of May 2019, despite being 1 year the senior candidate. The situation is similar for people organized in a union that belongs to Akademikerne.  At DION we ask ourselves why the unions, who are leading those negotiations seemingly find future members of their union more important than their current members.

Both Tekna and Forskerforbundet got to say something about the situation as well. Both say that they are aware of the situation and point out that this should be solved locally by the universities. As a good example of that, the university of Bergen appears in the text. UiB took it into their own hands to raise PhD candidates wages into the new pay frame of PhD candidates, who had been employed within the last 12 month before 1st of May 2019.

If you are unhappy with the situation you have the possibility to contact your local union and/or sign the petition that was started by, Sinziana Rasca a PhD candidate at Adger University. You can find the petition here.

 

DION has also reached out to unions present at NTNU for a statement about the negotations and how their members might be affected:

 

Akademikerne alliance (including Tekna and Samfunnsviterne)

The Akademikerne alliance is negotiating for our partner unions. We are happy that the minimum wage for PhD-students was raised by 30.000 kroner during the salary negotiations in Oslo in 2019, and we support that all the PhD candidates still receive the 3% yearly increase in their salaries. To reduce the unfairness towards the PhD-students that “signed their contract a few months too soon”, we are now in the local negotiations at NTNU trying to raise everyone towards the new minimum wage of 479.600 kroner by the end of 2019. In addition, we intend to give all PhD-students a raise from May 2019 (about 1.55%).

This also has implications for Post-Docs at NTNU, since the fourth year PhD salary is now almost the same as the minimum starting wage for Postdocs, but this “unfairness” will not be too obvious until one or two years later.

Forskerforbundet

[Coming soon]

 

This post will be regularly updated with new information and resoruces as they become available. 

A night at the movies

Date: 18th October (Friday)

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Venue: Cinemateket Trondheim

To inaugurate its monthly ‘Night at the Movies’ series and in the spirit of Halloween, DION invites you to an evening of horror and comedy at Cinemateket, to see The Dead Don’t Die.

We will meet from 19:00 at the Cinemateket bar for a drink to build our courage then move to the movie theater at 20:00.
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Tickets are NOK90 (NOK 60 if you’re already a Cinemateket member).
Please purchase your ticket here (Remember to select the Friday option)

 

About the movie:
By Jim Jarmusch, with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Glover, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits.
Plot: The small town of Centerville is attacked by a hord of zombies raising from the grave. To defend it, three small-town-cops and… a samurai mortician!
Watch the trailer
Read Reviews

Happy Hour (and Shuffle Board) with DION!

Date: 27th September (Friday)

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue: Work-Work, Munkegata

Your favorite event is back! Did you just start the semester and are feeling overwhelmed by all the research you have to do the following months? Don’t worry, you can definitely procrastinate some more.

And what better way to do that by joining fellow researchers for some good-natured competitive shuffle board! Or if you are not that into shuffleboard, Work-Work has a great collection of board games that you can indulge in.

The Board is booked from 18:30 to 19:30, and the pub tables will be ours from 18:00 to 20:30, and it has all been payed for by DION.

After the event, some of us will head to Rockheim, for the Young Researcher’s Night, where there will be talks and conversations mixed with performances and music, and the bar will be open all night. (For more details, check out their event)

So come join us! Make new friends, catch up with old ones, participate in some fun banter and games! Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy!

Link to the facebook event

 

Welcome to the new semester

Welcome back to a new semester at NTNU. We would like to use this opportunity to inform you about DION in general and the current DION board in particular.

What is DION?

DION is the interest organization for all PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees at NTNU – so DION is an interest organization for you! All in all, these are around 3000 people spread across all campuses (Trondheim, Gjøvik, Ålesund), faculties and departments. By being a PhD candidate, post.-doc. or another temporary scientific employee at NTNU, you are automatically part of DION.

What can DION do for you?

We represent you!
Firstly, DION is an important link in NTNU’s democratic constitution.

We contribute to debates concerning the precarious situation of PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees both at the NTNU board as well as at the University Research Committee (forskningsutvalget). We also work closely with labor unions and other networks at NTNU and beyond.
Our second mandate is to create a social and attractive environment for PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees at NTNU. We are a low-threshold contact point for you, who needs support or help with your process at NTNU. Even though we cannot give legal advice, we can give pointers to what your options are, whenever you feel insecure or stuck during you PhD or post.doc. Whatever the trouble is – issues with your supervisors, your work environment, a kindergarten spot for your children etc. – we will help you as good as we can. Furthermore, we regularly organize informative events on relevant issues, which are aimed to help you to navigate through often opaque and in many ways challenging processes. Common topics include: career development, mental health, parenthood and work-life balance, and other practical issues during employment.

Additionally, we also organize social events as fora for meeting co-workers from all over the world and all over NTNU. These events are fun and an informal and a good way to balance our often solitary work in labs and offices.

We are currently planning: the establishment of a DION choir, an improv workshop with Gibberish, art workshops, skiing, movie nights, the ever so popular board game and Shuffle board nights, and so much more!
DION-sponsored events are usually free or low-price.
Find out about our upcoming events on our Facebook page and through our newsletter.

Who is in the current DION board?

The DION president and board is elected annually. The board consists of eight representatives in total, who are themselves PhDs, Post-Docs or temporary scientific employees.
This year, the board consists of these motivated people, covering broad disciplinary grounds.
Even though there is no representative from Ålesund in this year’s DION board, we continue a close and ever-improving contact to the NTNU campus Ålesund and are aiming for social and professional events in Ålesund in 2019/ 2020 just like on the other campuses.

Contact

If you want to know more about DION and be updated on future events, please keep visiting our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Innsida.
And if you want to enter into conversation with us directly, you can also use our email address: post@dion.ntnu.no

DION call for grant applications 2019

DION is happy to announce a new round of support grants for educational or social activities for our members at NTNU! All PhD candidates, Postdocs and other temporary scientific employees at any NTNU campuses are eligible to apply for a grant (up to 2500 NOK) to cover expenses related to organizing activities that create opportunities for PhD students and post-docs to network, learn, and enrich their experience. Please note that Master degree students are NOT eligible.

DION will give preference to applications which are targeted towards an open audience. Applications for the exclusive benefit of one department or faculty will still be accepted but applications that are accessible for all DION members will be prioritized.

This year, we also decided to give preference to applications addressing the topics of “parenthood” (for example by making the event explicitly family friendly, by organizing an event around the topic of parenthood during PhD/ post-doc, etc.) or “mental health“. We also highly encourage those interested to apply as a group, although grant applications by individuals remain welcome.

Rules:

  1. The deadline for sending the application is 23:59 CET 01 October, 2019. Applications will be evaluated by DION board members. You can apply via the application form filling out all mandatory fields and sending it to post@dion.ntnu.no
  2. Funding should be used by the end of January 2020
  3. The organizers are expected initially to cover the costs of the event and then seek reimbursement of the costs from DION. No a priori funding is given. Please note that the receipts and all reimbursement documents should be submitted to DION at the LATEST two weeks after the event, but before the end of January, 2020 – whichever comes first. Otherwise, reimbursement of the costs is not guaranteed.
  4. In case of approval of the grant, the organizers should promote DION by making it a co-host of the Facebook event, and allowing a DION board member to attend the event for promotion purposes. A DION board member will be assigned to each approved application, and the organizers will liaise with them about the event.
  5. Please note that the maximum amount DION can reimburse is 2500 (two thousand and five hundred) NOK. If overall cost of the event exceeds 2500 NOK, it is organizer’s sole responsibility to get extra funding from other sources. Any requests for more than 2500 NOK from DION will be automatically declined.

Last year’s successful grant applicants were (these are just examples – you are not requested to organize a similar, or a follow-up project):

  • Randomized Coffee Trials
  • PhD and Postdoc Choir
  • Smart City Day
  • OK Computer: Being a researcher in the digital era
  • How to pitch your research “story” to a non-academic audience
  • Laser tag in Gjøvik
  • Stoic Principles for a Healthy Academic Life

 

We are looking forward to your applications!