Three pay rises and a lump sum for WITT members

Posted By TEU on Apr 21, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 13

The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) and TEU members have ratified a collective agreement that will give the union members a 0.75 percent pay rise effective from December last year, a further 2 percent pay rise from February this year, a pro rata lump sum payment of $400, and then another 1.75 percent pay rise on 1 December this year. The agreement, which expires in November 2012, will be the first of a series of site-based agreements at the six ex-MECA institutes of technology which had previously been mired in industrial action, legal cases and unsuccessful negotiations.

TEU members will receive the back pay and new salary rate on 3 May.  WITT has also agreed to a delay of three months from 3 May before passing this salary increase on to non-union members, and a further three-month delay again for the 1 December 2010 pay rise.

WITT and TEU also agreed to establish a working party to assess the current WITT salary scales with similar sized polytechnics.

TEU members at the five other polytechnics – Unitec, NorthTec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Whitireia and Wintec – have taken hope from the quick, amiable and efficient way that WITT managed to conclude negotiations with TEU members.

TEU national industrial officer Irena Brorens says the settlement shows WITT values its union members and the contribution they make the institution.

“Having seen the good result at WITT members at the other five ex- MECA polytechnics are excited about the opportunity of working together to negotiate new collective agreements at their branches too,” said Ms Brorens.

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  2. 20,000 new students with no extra funding
  3. Industrial action at Natcoll today
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