Hau Taki Haere Vol 18 No 25
Everyone at Te Kura Matatini ki Otago (Otago Polytechnic) will get a $900 pay rise, no matter what their current salary, if union members vote to ratify their new collective agreement.
The proposed new agreement, which TEU members start voting on āpōpō (tomorrow), includes a $900 pay rise on all salaries (pro-rata) from next month and a further increase of $950 on salaries (pro-rata) from Here-tui-koka next year.
$900 is a 2 percent increase for someone at the bottom of the kaiwhakaako (lecturer) scale, and over 3 percent for a labourer, telephonist or assistant custodian at the bottom of the kaimahi (general staff) salary scale.
TEU tumuaki tuarua, Phil Edwards, who was on the negotiating team, says those earning the least face the same cost of living pressures as better-off colleagues.
“We agreed upon a flat rate increase to salaries as a way of getting more to those of our members who are on smaller salaries, while still ensuring that we deliver an increase to all members,” says Edwards.
A number of tertiary education employers have agreed to a flat rate increase in recent months, including Te Whare Wānanga o Otago (the University of Otago), where TEU members achieved a flat increase of $1000 after very protracted bargaining.
Edwards says the proposed two-year agreement also includes many other improvements.
The agreement includes a commitment to those kaimahi who are currently paid below the living wage to lift their salaries closer to the living wage rate, which is now $19.25 per hour.
It includes a wellness day for kaimahi which they can use at their discretion and is deducted from sick leave accrual.
It amends the professional development clauses to ensure that they apply to both kaiwhakaako and kaimahi.
It revises the salary scale for senior and principal lecturers, providing fewer steps but greater increases.
It increases annual leave for kaimahi with five or more years’ service by three days for the 2015 and 2016 Kirihimete holidays.
Edwards says he hopes TEU members will ratify the deal.
“We believe that we have delivered a reasonable increase and positive changes to some conditions for our members, with no clawbacks of existing conditions.”
Apart from changes to the kaimahi salary structure the new agreement will not pass on to non-union members for a period of three months.
Also in Hau Taki Haere this week:
- Too many threats to mātauranga in TPPA
- 10 Pike Rivers since Key’s “broken” promise
- New code for apprentices and employers
- Intueri Education continues buying spree
- Tauira suffer financial distress
So, when we were short on jobs, the answer was “more degrees”. Now there are plenty of jobs, the answer is still “more degrees”. Really? – Josh Williams, chief executive of the Industry Training Federation
There are ordinary people who coped well in the aftermath of the Ōtautahi earthquakes for whom the stress has now become to much – Drs Alistair Humphrey and Peri Renison
From next year, the University of Auckland will require students to come to the university with a minimum of 17 NCEA English credits at level 2 or 3, compared to the national university entrance (UE) standard of 10 literacy credits – Stuff
Comedians Key & Peele imagine a world where educators are more valued than athletes, where SportsCenter would be replaced with another show altogether – Inside Higher Ed