Improved consultation on redundancy, as well as a 2 percent pay rise in the first year and a rate-of-inflation pay rise in the second year underpin a proposed new collective agreement for TEU members at the Tairāwhiti, Ruapehu, Marlborough and West REAPs
TEU’s bargaining team, Kris Smith and Cheryl Jackson met in Hokitika and negotiated the agreement for all four REAPs in one day.
“Our claims were pretty simple – we went in looking for an increase to salaries and some claims around the consultation process and notice period in the case of reviews and restructuring,” said Kris Smith.
The REAPs did not seek any cuts to conditions. They have offered a two year collective agreement with a 2 percent pay rise in the first year and a further increase by CPI as at the June quarter 2015.
The new agreement also reduces the notice period from two months to one in the case of resignation or termination, increases the notice period from one month to two in the case of redundancy, and establishes a timeframe for consultation of 20 working days in the case of reviews and restructuring.
Kris Smith says the union is recommending the new collective agreement to members, who will be voting whether to ratify it over the next few days.
“We are really pleased we have improved the terms around redundancy” she said.