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.
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.
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