NMIT members call for end to pay-productivity link

Posted By TEU on Jan 24, 2013 |

Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 1

For the last two years, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has linked a significant portion of its pay offer it has made to academics to the institute’s success in achieving surpluses and other productivity achievements. However, TEU members are preparing to end this practice at this year’s employment negotiations.

The last round of employment negotiations only concluded in December but TEU members at NMIT are already preparing to begin all over again. Their current agreement expires on 2 March 2013, and both sides are preparing to negotiate a new collective agreement to cover academic staff at the polytechnic.

TEU organiser Phil Dodds says that linking academic pay to surpluses is both risky and unfair.

“So many factors about how well the polytechnic performs are completely out of the hands of academics – how many students choose to enrol each year, the cost of new buildings and course materials, fluctuating exchange rates, and most importantly uncertain and dwindling government funding. Yet the polytechnic expects teachers and their families to bear the risk of poor productivity, in the form of below-inflation pay rises.”

Phil Dodds says the good teaching and research is not linked to productivity or surpluses, so linking those things to pay is not only unfair but an ineffectual management strategy.

“It’s management’s job to manage productivity and surpluses. Academics are there to teach. Why should their pay link to something they cannot control?”

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