Auckland’s professional staff seek pay progression

Posted By TEU on Jun 11, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 18

Professional staff at the University of Auckland are negotiating for a pay system that includes annual increments and recognition of professional development.

TEU and PSA members at the university started negotiating a new collective agreement this week, and their claim for a fairer pay system for professional staff is a big issue for the negotiations.

TEU’s professional staff have developed a whole new pay progression system that includes incremental pay increases and the recognition of learning, skills, knowledge and expertise. The university’s pay system for professional staff is essentially a form of performance pay that makes it extremely difficult for professional staff to get a pay rise. In the current annual salary reviews, less than 15 percent of professional staff at the university get a salary increase.

TEU organiser Jane Kostanich says the proposal, if adopted, means professional staff will, subject to satisfactory performance, progress to a new salary step each year.  This is the same model that applies to most academic staff at the university.

Kostanich says professional staff are also seeking the opportunity to have their skills, knowledge and expertise recognised.

If a professional staff member applies and is assessed as being ‘proficient’ or ‘expert’ she or he will qualify for pay increases. This is similar to the promotion process for academic staff.

Kostanich says this pay system will make it easier for the university to plan budgets because salary costs will be more predictable.

“Managers will find it easier to keep good staff, because the frustrations and divisions of the current unfair system will end.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Waikerepuru retires from TEU duties
  2. Funding holding back NZ universities in global rankings
  3. AUT council proposal lacks democracy
  4. TEU calls for fossil-free Otago

Other news

Manukau polytechnic hit by $30m building-cost blowout and last year’s drop in numbers – New Zealand Herald

Hon David Cunliffe to the Minister for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment (21 May 2015): Further to 3073 (2015); does he agree that the ability of tertiary institutions to set pay for staff is constrained by government funding of the sector; if not, why not? – Parliament

The number of people older than 55 enrolling in tertiary education has fallen 40 percent in six years, which the Union of Students’ Associations is attributing to student loan cuts – Radio NZ

Consultation on the Otago Polytechnic’s proposed new drug and alcohol testing policy has closed last week. The polytechnic has already dropped plans for random drug tests after opposition from staff and students – Otago Daily Times

Most universities have reported positive financial results for 2014, and Auckland has become the first to make more than $1 billion in a single year – Radio NZ

The Council of Trade Unions is accusing the Government of always planning to water down new health and safety legislation – Radio New Zealand


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