TEU members at Massey University are voting on a new collective agreement that, if ratified, will give them a pay rise of 1.2 percent next year and 1.5 percent in 2017.
TEU advocate Heather Warren says the university went to great lengths to highlight its troubled financial position.
“The proposed new collective agreement is not what union members wanted when negotiations began back in July, but there is no loss of conditions and the pay rise, though small, matches what other universities have been offering.”
Warren says the university and TEU members will meet again later next year to discuss whether the 1.5 percent increase set aside for 2017 is enough. She says there is potential for an increase to the rate if the university’s forecast financial position improves.
Last month TEU members rejected an earlier offer of 1 percent in 2016 and 1.2 percent in 2017.
If TEU members vote to ratify the agreement they will receive their first pay rise on the first payday of 2016. They will also receive the negotiated pay rises six weeks earlier than non-members.