WITT votes on new pay system

Posted By TEU on Mar 28, 2013 |

Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 9

TEU members at the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) are voting on a new, more transparent, pay system.

Negotiations at WITT were late to start last year while the polytechnic dealt with the government’s level 1-2 foundations studies cuts to polytechnics. However, negotiations started properly in January and union members focused on progressing a previous commitment from the polytechnic to restructure its salary scales. The two sides have now reached a proposed settlement and union advocates are recommending the settlement to members.

The proposed settlement is a two-year collective agreement that includes a new salary structure. The new salary structure ensures all members receive a minimum salary increase of 2.0 percent and for some a maximum increase of 4.8 percent. It also creates more transparency in the pay system and removes the crossover between the pay scales for academic staff members, senior academic staff members and principal academic staff members.

The restructured pay system will also add an extra step onto the academic staff members’ pay scale, giving more opportunity for people to improve their salary, and create steps within the senior and principal academic staff scales.

WITT branch president Rod Fearn said that the settlement reached would be fairer than the current system.

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  2. Hui backs ‘Feed the Kids’ Bill
  3. TEU takes McCutcheon to Employment Relations Authority
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