TEU members at each of the six polytechnics previously covered by the ITP multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) have overwhelmingly voted down their employers’ proposal to negotiate a new MECA. Union members at NorthTec, Unitec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic WINTEC, WITT, and Whitireia Community Polytechnic have all rejected their employers’ proposal by at least 80 percent.
These just concluded ballots followed a series of meetings where TEU members had already voted in favour of replacing their MECA with separate, site-based agreements at each of their polytechnics. Despite that vote the six employers had initiated for another MECA, forcing a second ballot on the issue.
TEU has now written to each of six polytechnics, advising them of the outcome of the respective votes, and has initiated for a site based collective agreement at each polytechnic.
TEU members are now planning to organise claims meetings and establish bargaining teams, to start the bargaining process at each polytechnic.
National industrial officer Irena Brorens says that staff at the six polytechnics have been waiting a long time now to be able to negotiate a collective agreement.
“These staff have been through a lot of unnecessary hassle and they deserve the chance to finally negotiate a collective agreement that addresses some of the issues they are experiencing as workers.”