TEU NorthTec branch members continue to call for better pay that reflects and values their hard work and dedication.
Tutors at NorthTec are undertaking strike action this week after nearly two weeks of action which saw tutors not taking attendance registers or doing headcounts and not entering or assisting in entering grades/marks into aPlus.
TEU has been in in negotiations with NorthTec since August 2019 and is claiming a 3% salary increase. NorthTec initially offered $700 (on the rates), however members feel devalued by this offer and are supporting one another in actions to ensure they get the pay and respect they deserve.
NorthTec members are amongst the worst paid in the sector and have been trying to get an improvement in their pay for several years.
Subsequently, and after 87% of members voted in favour of strike action, NorthTec revised its offer to a pay increase of $1000. However, the employer asked TEU to support an “initiative” that would see full time staff move to 0.8 FTE employment with commensurate workloads. TEU has responded that it could not support this and it is not appropriate to include this in a bargaining situation. TEU members continue to feel both disrespected and undervalued by this latest offer.
NorthTec members are asking that their employer lives its own values. NorthTec says that “We put the success of our ākonga and our team at the centre of all we do”. Members would like to see NorthTec stand by their word.