Caretakers at te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui (Victoria University of Wellington) are ratifying a new collective agreement today that will increase their pay by 1.2 percent and increase their range of pay rates by up to 10 percent.
Local organiser Nicki Wilford says the new agreement will help lift pay rates significantly for many of the caretakers. New members have joined the union is response to the settlement. The agreement is a multi-union collective agreement, covering members from both Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aoteraoa (TEU) and Nga Ringa Tota (the Service and Food Workers’ Union)
The whare wānanga has assured Nicki Wilford that, because of this settlement, none of the caretakers will now be below the Living Wage rate of $18.40.
Nicki Wilford is confident that when the agreement expires next year, caretaker members will be able to merge it into the larger General Staff Collective Agreement, which should afford further protection and improved employment conditions. General staff at the whare wānanga currently have better leave and petrol allowances.