Negotiations at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will resume next week, following a stopwork meeting by union members last Friday.
One of the big issues that remains unresolved in the negotiations is the wānanga’s claim to delete an existing compassionate grant from its collective agreement. The grant awards one-twelfth of an employee’s salary for each year that employee has worked at the wānanga (up to a maximum of 24 years) to the employee’s whanau if that employee should die while employed.
Historically few employees have died at the wānanga and thus few whanau have claimed the grant. However two recent deaths have brought a focus to the grant, and the wānanga has become concerned that the grant could represent a significant cost in the future.
At the stopwork meeting union members argued that they want to retain the grant.
Union members and the wānanga are also negotiating over a pay increase as part of the renewal of the collective agreement.