TEU members at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will get a pay rise of $950 this year and $1100 next year if they vote in favour of a new collective agreement.
Non-union members will need to wait six months longer than TEU members before they get either of the two pay rises.
The TEU negotiation team is recommending members vote in favour of the two-year agreement, which will give significant pay rises to the wānanga’s lowest paid people.
Awanuiārangi’s lowest paid academics will get a 2 percent pay rise and the lowest paid library assistants and administrative assistants will get a 3 percent pay rise.
Awanuiārangi has also offered, as part of the proposed agreement, to fund a group health insurance scheme for staff from 2017. TEU will have a representative on the panel that chooses the provider.
TEU advocate Jane Adams says people at the wānanga want pay and working conditions that are closer to those of their university counterparts. Awanuiārangi provides PhD level education and its staff engage in rigorous research and teaching.
Awanuiārangi acknowledged the argument for greater parity around dedicated research leave for research active staff. However, it argued it could not meet this claim because it gets less PBRF funding than universities.
Adams says this is an important issue and she expects Awanuiārangi to offer improved research leave at the next negotiations in two years’ time.