TEU members at Weltec voted to ratify a new collective agreement last week that gives them a 1.2 percent pay rise over 14 months, and no cuts to existing conditions. Union members will also get back-pay dating to December last year.
Local TEU organiser Nicki Wilford said the short term was because of the appointment of Chris Gosling as the new joint chief executive for both Weltec and neighbouring Whitireia NZ.
TEU members voting overwhelmingly in favour of the new agreement, in part Wilford says, because they recognised the polytechnic is making an effort to value its staff, despite tough financial circumstances.
“While the pay rise is not at the top end of settlements it delivers a pay increase and secured collective agreement”, said Wilford.
The short term for the collective agreement means it will now expire within a few months of Whitireia’s collective agreement.
Wilford said that, combined with the two polytechnics now sharing the same board, and soon to share the same chief executive means TEU members need to consider the next round of negotiations.
“TEU members need to consider what they might expect if the polytechnics’ management teams try to align the two collective agreements more closely.”