Waikato general staff win new pay rates

Posted By TEU on Oct 4, 2012 |

Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 35

TEU organiser Megan Morris hopes a new collective agreement at the University of Waikato will make it easier for general staff to seek and gain higher rates of pay.

Union members voted to ratify new collective agreements for general staff and academic staff last week. The collective agreements include two pay increases of 1.2 percent each over the two-year term, and a $300 lump sum payment.

The big improvement for general staff however is new minimum rates in two of their pay scales and new minimum and maximum pay rates in the three higher levels of pay scales.

“In theory this means  more scope for general staff members to increase their salary through the general staff salary review (GSSR) process,” said Megan Morris.

The University of Waikato’s pay system for general staff, which has no pay steps identified, has previously made it hard for general staff to improve their pay outside of collective bargaining.

“While the pay rises are modest, members are happy that we are making some progress with the university towards a fairer pay system for general staff. Given the current negotiating climate most people are happy to protect important working conditions and win a few small gains that make work fairer ” said Megan Morris.

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