Join the union, join the agreement

Posted By TEU on Mar 3, 2016 |

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 7

People on collective agreements negotiated by unions are 2.3 times more likely to get a pay rise as those who were not, says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.

Rosenberg analysed recent Labour Cost Index data from Statistics New Zealand to show that collective agreements deliver more pay rises more regularly to working people than individual pay rises.

He says the data shows that people who join their union and thus their collective agreement  are more likely to get a pay rise of any size ranging from less than 2 percent to more than 5 percent.

Less than half of people working in jobs that were not on a collective agreement got a pay rise during the last year.

TEU national industrial officer Irena Brorens says one of the reasons collective agreements deliver more pay rises is because unions negotiate fairer pay systems.

“We know a lot of employers use their individual agreements to replace regular annual steps with performance pay or a confusing range of rates that working people might or might not progress through, depending on the goodwill of their manager.”

“Collective agreements that union members negotiate try to remove a lot of that unfairness and uncertainty, so if you do your job properly you get a fair pay rise.”

Brorens says general, allied and professional staff at universities and polytechnics need to know that in the long term a union-negotiated collective agreement will deliver much more and much fairer pay rises than an individual agreement.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Victoria’s individual agreement bribe not working
  2. The price of deceiving your future employees
  3. Govt tries to pass Zero Hours bill
  4. Students oppose sexual violence
  5. Living wage is $19.80
  6. $15 billion debt motivates call for free education

Other news

Dr Ranginui Walker, former professor and head of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland, and member of the Waitangi Tribunal talks to Kim Hill in 2013 – Radio New Zealand

Put very simply, the [Productivity Commission] seems to make the following argument: high levels of tertiary education aren’t helping our economic performance enough, partly because our universities are too alike and reward research over teaching, when teaching is what most students are paying fees to get – Stuff

Student numbers at Canterbury’s tertiary institutions have jumped as the sector recovers from huge drops after the region’s earthquakes – Stuff

Steven Joyce announced four ministerial appointments to the council of the new tertiary education institution that brings together the Waiariki Institute of Technology and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic – Steven Joyce

AgResearch lack of progress on its plan to slash jobs at its Dunedin campus shows it is ‘‘struggling” to make its business case stack up, Dunedin North MP David Clark says – Otago Daily Times

More than 100 TIASA members at Waiariki Institute of Technology look set to strike during Orientation Week – one of the busiest times for administration staff – Rotorua Daily Post


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