Unions win fairer return on work for Auckland Uni’s lowest paid

Posted By TEU on Nov 30, 2017 |

Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 37

Some of the lowest paid people at the University of Auckland can now look forward to a fairer return on their work from next year, thanks to Tertiary Education Union (TEU) members who have negotiated collectively for a significant boost in pay for their lower paid colleagues.

The proposed two year settlement will see pay increase by up to 4 percent in each year for those earning less than $40,000, meaning the lowest paid would receive a return on work that more accurately reflects the time, energy and commitment they give to the university.

Eight of the 200 people working at the university who are currently paid less than $40,000 would see their pay increase to $40,000 or more per annum as a result of the settlement, rising to 70 people in 2019.

“People who work so hard to make the University of Auckland a great place to work and study deserve to make a decent living. It is thanks to our members coming together over the last year that we have ensured the lowest paid people working at the university receive a fairer return on their work,” Enzo Giordani, lead advocate for the unions at the University of Auckland and one of the organisers of the Tertiary Education Union branch, said.

Staff paid $40,000 or more per annum will also see their pay increase, by 1.4 percent on 1 February 2018 and a further 1.6 percent on 1 February 2019.

Members of the TEU and Public Service Association have been meeting this week to discuss the proposed settlement and to vote on whether it should be put to a ballot.

“The discussions we’ve been having with our members have looked at what the proposed settlement means for them and their colleagues, many of whom can now look forward to earning enough to make ends meet in an increasingly expensive city, to provide for their families and whanau, or to have a little extra so they can do more fun things together at the weekend,” Giordani said.

He added: “At moments like this, where we have shown the collective strength of unions, it is important also to recognise the Vice-Chancellor for working with us and for addressing our members’ efforts to ensure people working at the university are paid enough to reach an acceptable, if modest, standard of living,”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Retire or resign letters prompt fears of Massey restructure
  2. NorthTec cuts misguided and lack evidence
  3. Women undermined by sexist science funding

Other news

Australia’s National Tertiary Education Union calls for free tertiary education – NTEU

The University of Otago is renaming City College the Caroline Freeman College, after the University’s first female graduate – Otago University

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has told Excellent International Academy to stop enrolling new students, or releasing assessments following concerns about its Level 5 and 6 Diploma in Business – NZQA

NorthTec is launching two revised environmental diplomas – NorthTec

Otago Polytechnic is launching a building apprenticeships programme, working with the New Zealand Certified Builders’ Industry Training Association Building apprenticeship scheme – ODT

Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) has confirmed it will not be funding BEST Pacific Institute of Education in 2018 – TEC

The Universal College of Learning has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Guiyang Vocational and Technical College – Voxy

Massey University in Wellington may lose its on-campus GP service – Stuff

Medical students are calling on the new government to lift the eight-year borrowing limit on their student loans – RNZ

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