Public Sector Pay Initiative

NZEI Te Riu Roa, PPTA, PSA, NZNO,  E Tu and other public sector unions agreed to ask members to discuss and vote on whether to go forward with a Council of Trade Unions (CTU) initiative to negotiate with the Government for a unified pay increase across the wider public service.

The ballot results are in!

The response has been overwhelmingly positive with a majority of NZEI Te Riu Roa members in favour of the proposal.

As a result, NZEI Te Riu Roa will join the CTU in pre-negotiation discussions with government from next week. See below for more information about the proposal.

Click here to see if your collective voted to proceed with the proposal.

What is being proposed?

The Council of Trade Unions has proposed to the Minister of Public Services, Chris Hipkins, that it would be constructive and timely to negotiate an across-the-board pay increase applying across all collective agreements in the public sector and the funded sector.

The key idea is that while union members would still negotiate the non-pay elements of our collective agreements, everyone working in the public sector could then benefit from coming together as a large block to negotiate the best possible pay increase across the board.

Read the media release here

Why now?

The combination of increases in cost of living, increasing job demands and the pressures of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have had impacts on everyone working across public services, including education.

However, there is a risk that this contribution is not recognised fairly across the dozens of pay negotiations of collective agreements across health, education, the social services, the core public sector and wider public services such as ECE and aged care.

What does this mean for you?

If you are a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa and covered by a Collective Agreement that will be affected by this proposal, you will have recieved an email outlining the specifics of the proposal.

We will be in regular communication with members through this process, but in the meantime you can ask us a question or check out our FAQs document below:

Not a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa?

This proposal applies to NZEI Te Riu Roa members who are covered by one of the related collective agreements.

Find out about joining today to have your say and be a part of building a fairer education sector.