Professional staff claiming end to performance pay

Posted By TEU on Aug 6, 2015 | 1 comment


Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 26

Professional staff at the University of Auckland are claiming a “positive, practical pay and promotions system” to replace their current performance pay model.

Staff in the unions representing professional staff at the university began negotiations eight weeks ago.

One of TEU’s advocates Enzo Giordani says the biggest issue for professional staff is their inequitable system of pay and progression.

“General (professional) staff at other universities have some progression through their salary scales on the basis of years of experience. But at the University of Auckland the ‘merit’ based pay system seriously limits salary progression,“ says Giordani.

Giordani says last year only one-third of professional staff got any sort of ‘merit’ based payment last year.  Of that third, only one-third got an increase with the rest receiving one-off bonuses.

“We want valued professional staff to have genuine pay progression through annual increments.”

“We also want people to have the chance to progress their pay by undertaking recognised professional development.”

Giordani says union members at the university believe the merit pay system is not applied evenly and means most are not paid fairly for the work they do.

“Most professional staff rely on the ‘across the board’ increase to recognise the value and contribution of their work and to keep up with the cost of living.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Unitec announces restructure tomorrow
  2. SIT voting on $1000 pay rises
  3. Performance indicators climb again
  4. Secrecy of TPPA documents heads to court
  5. Unemployment rises despite economic growth

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