Pay rises on agenda for 2015

Posted By TEU on Feb 5, 2015 |


Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 1

The need for pay rises will be a key discussion for TEU’s thirty eight branch presidents as they gather to meet next week in Wellington. Labour Cost Index statistics released yesterday show that salaries and wages rose only marginally over the past year, 1.7 percent.

Tertiary education staff who have faced half a decade of constrained pay rises while they waited for the government to turn the economy around believe that pay has fallen behind too far.  TEU’s branch presidents are likely to highlight this disparity as a crucial issue for the union in 2015.

TEU secretary Sharn Riggs says tertiary education workers and other public sector workers have borne the brunt of the government’s strategy to make the public sector pay for a financial crisis driven by private sector profiteers.

“Now, as the economy improves it’s time to reward those people who had their belts tightened with a fair and decent pay rise.”

The CTU’s new secretary Sam Huggard said the new Labour Cost Index data shows the economy is growing but real wages have not grown nearly as fast as they should have.

“We are also seeing mixed messages from the government, who on one hand are modelling for wage increases of over 3 percent for coming years, but in the same breath are attempting to talk down expectations among public sector workers, who have already waited too long for a decent rise.”

Riggs says that with pay on everyone’s mind this year it’s important for people to join the union.

“Everyone will get the same pay rise this year. What that increase is depends on TEU’s strength. By joining TEU, you are saying yes to a fair pay rise for everyone.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Fewer students gain university entrance
  2. Public sector needs pay catch-up
  3. ITOs need to protect apprentices’ health and safety
  4. Intueri continues to buy up other PTEs

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