EIT has told people who work for it that it will agree, through an exchange of letters, to consult with TEU and others about possibly adopting a Living Wage policy next year.
The agreement is part of a new collective employment agreement between TEU members who work at the polytechnic and their employer. Prior to the new collective employment agreement some learning facilitators at the polytechnic may have earned less than the Living Wage.
TEU branch co-president Charlotte Burkhardt says having a Living Wage employer in the Hawkes Bay and Tairāwhiti regions would help people care for their whanau and friends.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to talk about the Living Wage with EIT, because it is so important that everyone has what they need to live a decent life where they can look after the people they care for and keep themselves healthy.”
As well as the commitment to look at the Living Wage, the new collective agreement also delivers all staff pays rises of 1.5 percent and 1.6 percent over the next two years. The minimum increase for each of those pay rises will be $1,000 for people who work full-time.
For someone on the Living Wage that would represent a pay rise of 5 percent during the two years.
Burkhardt says that $2000 will make a big difference to many people’s lives in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.
TEU members at the polytechnic voted in favour of the new agreement last week.