Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 15
TEU members at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will get a two percent pay rise after an historic meeting where they and TUIA members sat at the same negotiating table.
The wānanga’s current collective agreement allowed for union members to negotiate a pay rise for the second year of the agreement.
TEU’s Te Pou Tuarā, Lee Cooper, described the meeting as historic because it was the first time union members from TEU and TUIA had negotiated together to achieve better outcomes for all union members across the institution.
The negotiations only took one day and quickly settled on a two percent pay rise backdated to the beginning of 2016. The two percent rise follows an earlier two percent rise for the first year of the agreement’s two year term.
Cooper says one reason for successful negotiations is that TEU membership continues to grow. In March membership at the wānanga reached an all-time high of 133 members.
Cooper says now that the salary increase is confirmed a tripartite (TEU, TUIA, and the wānanga) working party is reviewing the salary scales.
“We’re optimistic that recommendations from this working party will mean people working at the wānanga will have a fairer pay system. They will know much more clearly how salary reviews, starting salaries, and progression will occur.”
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Pink shirt day competition
- Good news for Parami School students
- How to spend $1 billion – Budget 2016
- Vice-chancellors humbled by Australian Budget
- PTEs using fake documents to import students
- Mother’s Day cards for the Prime Minister
The Productivity Commission review has the potential to lead to significant changes to universities that may undermine the quality of teaching and range of programme choices available to New Zealanders planning on studying at university – Chris Whelan, Universities New Zealand
In a shock move the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce has appointed one person with a background in education to the council of a tertiary education institution – Steven Joyce
The university academics’ union has questioned whether the University of Auckland should be a funder or member of the New Zealand Initiative, a business lobby group – NBR Radio
“Education is both an individual and collective right. Rights can only be guaranteed by governments. That responsibility can never be outsourced to the market” – Fred Van Leeuwen, Education International
Statistics New Zealand figures out today show unemployment has shot back up to 5.7 percent, over 100,000 part-timers need more hours, and wages aren’t rising fast enough – Sam Huggard, Council of Trade Unions
Thanks to Phillip Capper at Flickr for the photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/3726220834/