The third goal in the TEU workplan 2019-2020 is to maintain and improve both pay and conditions of work across the tertiary education sector.
Part of the TEU National Industrial Strategy 2018-2021 sets out core conditions of employment and is an important means of achieving the goals set out in the TEU workplan. Core conditions of employment are clauses which already exist in many collective agreements that TEU considers are important to retain and defend. The purpose of the protection of core conditions is to ensure maintenance of key standards across the sector. This is a fundamental component of the union's overall approach to industrial matters.
TEU priority claims include te reo and tikanga clauses, salary and wage increases, union only benefits, promoting the Living Wage until it is achieved for all staff, ensuring that coverage clauses cover all aspects of work, ensuring that there are claims that limit the use of fixed-term and casual appointments, a commitment to implementing the process established for addressing general and allied staff pay, ensuring that claims are made for domestic violence leave, pay equity, and the promotion of gender neutral language.
According to TEU Industrial and Professional Committee vice president George Tongariro the TEU workplan goal to maintain and improve both pay and conditions of work is vital across all our universities, wananga, REAPs, and our polytechnics as the reform of vocational education (RoVE) is rolled-out this year,
“The strategy we have in place is extremely important at this time. There is currently real uncertainty among our polytechnic staff. Staff are facing redundancies with a large number of our 16 polytechs really struggling, with the RoVE transition yet to kick-in, and the government yet to announce what funding will be available to help ease this transition. The resulting job losses pose significant strain on the individual staff and families directly affected, but also on remaining staff who must continue to provide the same services with less support”.
For National Industrial Officer Irena Brorens maintaining the goal of improving both pay and conditions of work across the tertiary education sector is about continuing and building upon the solid foundation we have created together on industrial matters,
“we have continued to have success in negotiating collective agreements that have advanced the TEU national claims and there have been no cuts in any conditions. This is the strength of having our Industrial Strategy, a strategy that will guide us to more success through 2020”.