Membership growth wins 2 percent at Wānanga

Posted By TEU on Sep 3, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 30

TEU members at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will get a 2 percent pay rise, backdated to January, after they ratified a new collective agreement last week.

TEU advocate Lee Cooper says the steady growth in TEU membership at the wānanga helped win the pay rise.

“Our membership has grown in the last two years by over 20 percent, from 103 in August 2013 to 125 in July 2015.”

The agreement took six months to negotiate.

Cooper says strong membership growth helped win a salary increase, two-year term, and no reduction in terms and conditions.

“We started these negotiations with 21 claims and we achieved 19 of them,” says Cooper.

Among the claims TEU members achieved were an extra three days annual leave during the Christmas shutdown, a 0.5 time allocation for the branch president, a change that allows kaimahi working in home-based learning to be covered by the collective agreement, and a working party to review the salary scales.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Northtec campaigns for pay parity
  2. Massey staff looking for better pay offer
  3. Unions and inequality
  4. Pay premium for union members
  5. Too much NZ education going to foreign stockholders

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