Caretakers at Victoria University of Wellington are celebrating a new collective agreement that gives them an extra week of parental leave and a guarantee the university will not implement a 90 day ‘fire at will’ provision.
“This agreement means our new parents can spend more time with our families and we have more job security. That’s better for us and it’s better for the university,” said TEU organiser Nicki Wilford.
The caretakers, who belong to two unions TEU and SFWU, voted to ratify their new collective agreement last week. The agreement gives members two 1.2 percent pay rises each year over the two-year term. Importantly, the agreement also includes a 10 percent increase on the range of rates, meaning those caretakers who have been in their job for a long time now have more opportunity to advance up the pay scale.
Nicki Wilford says that new members have joined the union since the university and the unions completed the new agreement.
“The other benefit for members is that we have aligned the agreement with the general staff collective agreement, and we hope to amalgamate the two agreements at the next round of negotiations. This will give the caretakers better working conditions, and the security of belonging to a bigger, more comprehensive collective agreement,” said Nicki Wilford.