Northtec allied staff seek equality

Posted By TEU on Feb 11, 2016 |


Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 4

TEU members deserve to be treated the same as all other allied staff at NorthTec, says TEU organiser Chan Dixon.

TEU’s allied staff members at NorthTec have been negotiating a new employment agreement with the polytechnic since last year, but the two sides are struggling to agree because NorthTec is offering TEU members worse working conditions than it gives to its other allied staff.

Dixon says one of the conditions NorthTec is seeking is performance pay.

“TEU members all around the country oppose performance pay because we know from experience that employers eventually use it to drive down pay. Performance pay doesn’t work, it undermines good teamwork and allows poor managers to punish rather than manage people.”

Dixon says TEU members at NorthTec held a stopwork meeting last month where they signed up to a long-term campaign for pay and conditions that match those that allied staff get in other parts of New Zealand.

But before that campaign begins they need a level playing field where all allied staff at NorthTec get the same pay and conditions for doing the same jobs.

TEU allied staff had another day of negotiations last Friday and have now agreed with NorthTec to head to mediation, where they will continue to seek an equitable agreement.

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