Every year Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union teams negotiate better pay and conditions for 10,000 people working in tertiary education.

As 2019 draws to a close, we look back at some of the highlights and lowlights for our teams who worked to negotiate pay that reflects the energy staff put into tertiary education; secure work with fair rewards; a Living Wage; and a voice in decisions that affect the lives of all who work in the tertiary education sector.

TEU negotiates 60 collective agreements and this year we have negotiated 23.

This work is underpinned by TEU’s Industrial Strategy, is guided by our union goals and values (Te Koeke Tiriti), and is reflective of Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the blueprint for employment relations.

Through the collective strength of committed members, and union organisers/advocates on our negotiating teams, this year we have settled and ratified 11 ITP collective agreements with one  still in negotiation. These negotiations have been challenging where some ITPs have been in financial difficulty. However, all of these settlements have achieved across-the-board salary increases of up to 3.0% for some members without any cuts in conditions.

Ensuring current conditions of work set out in the collective agreements were held intact was a key part of of our industrial strategy as the reform of vocational education changes are rolled-out.

We have been in negotiations at five universities this year and we have also settled and ratified at Massey, AUT and Victoria University of Wellington, with settlements of 2.5% each year for a two year term with two universities still in collective negotiations. Additionally, there has been no loss of any conditions as result of these negotiations.

The wins have been significant.

We have gained union-only benefits with an average of three months at most branches.

We have negotiated pay increases of up to 3.0% per year and flat rate increases of up to $1500. We continue to have success achieving the Living Wage for our lowest paid members.

The industrial work has also continued outside of collective agreement negotiations. We continue to have success in having fixed-term appointments converted into permanent appointments and we continue to work toward helping our members move to secure futures, through our Secure Work = Better  Futures campaign. Over the past four months, 30 fixed-term appointments were converted into permanent roles, plus there were 15 cases being reviewed to see if they are genuine fixed-term or casual appointments.

In this issue of Hau Taki Haere |Tertiary Update we take a look at negotiations and strike actions taking place at TEU branches around Aotearoa.

Massey branch reach deal to improve pay and security

A strong collective and strong outcome at AUT

VUW members stood together and won a little respect

Pushing for fair pay at the University of Auckland

NorthTec teaching staff want better from their employer and government

University of Waikato branch negotiations enter mediation

Recommitting to Secure work = Better Futures campaign

Other news

University strike: tens of thousands of staff walk out across UK – The Guardian

Timaru protestors give away cupcakes to campaign for better funding at Ara - Stuff

Bread factory workers resume strike, shortages expected - Stuff

Living wage on offer for teacher aides, school support staff – union - Stuff

Nice (time off) work if you can get it - Stuff

Fair pay for ECE starts here - Stuff