Long wait over at Unitec

Posted By TEU on Nov 10, 2011 |

Tertiary Update vol 14 No 42

TEU members at Unitec finally have a collective agreement again, after nearly a year on individual employment agreements. Members at Unitec voted to ratify their new collective last Friday.

“This is now the second collective agreement that TEU has settled coming out of the old ITP MECA that dissolved in December last year,” said national industrial officer Irena Brorens. “The settlement includes a salary increase and also makes some changes to leave and duty hours.”

“The settlement means members are finally covered again by a collective agreement and are getting a salary increase which, apart from a one off payment of $750, they have not had since 2009.”

The salary increase is 2 percent for November 2011 and 2 percent for November 2012, plus a 2 percent lump sum payment (in lieu of back pay as the collective agreement ended in December 2010).

The changes to discretionary leave will be compensated for with 2 percent on the annual salary for each week that is converted to professional development institutional leave. This change will be phased in during 2012 and 2013. All new staff will have their salaries increased by 8 percent to reflect the changes.

“This is a good outcome for current members and also for recruiting of new employees,” said Ms Brorens, “because we will finally have transparency about what the salaries are for new staff and there will be a collective agreement for them to join.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. General staff negotiations meander along at Auckland University
  2. Conference speaks up for public education
  3. Draper re-elected as vice-president
  4. Corruption scandal rocks University of Queensland
  5. Gareth Morgan challenges UnionAID

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