Over the past 15 months, TEU has settled 12 Te Pūkenga subsidiary collective agreements, with a further four negotiations scheduled to get underway over the next three months. Te Pūkenga CE, Stephen Town, has had oversight and engagement during all of these negotiations in conjunction with subsidiary CEs.
The negotiations have been guided by TEU’s industrial strategy. This aims to ensure we achieve pay increases and secure the terms and conditions of employment during the transition period leading up to December 2022. By this time, there is the potential to have one employer, rather than the current 16 separate ITP Crown entity subsidiary employers.
TEU has been working with TIASA and Te Pūkenga staff to progress our proposal to set up a facilitated working group over the next 12 months. The aim is to achieve two collective agreements – one for academic staff and one for allied/general staff for the network. The first meeting to start this work was on 8 July 2021. Any proposed new collective agreements would still be subject to formal negotiations and subject to ratification by members who are covered by them.
It is important to note that if new collective agreements are not finalised by 31 December 2022, all current individual and collective agreements will continue past the proposed effective date of the final entity (31 December 2022). This is what legislatively occurred when Te Pūkenga was established on 1 April 2020.
If you have any questions about your employment agreements, please contact your TEU Organiser or the TEU Assistant National Secretary Industrial, Irena Brörens ([email protected]).