Collective Bargaining update

14 October 2022

Collective bargaining for the academic and professional staff collective agreements continued this week. We (the employer) have reiterated our previous offer of a general revision salary increase as follows:

The offer:

  • 9% salary increase over two years for staff paid over $60,000
    • 5% salary increase in Feb 2023
    • 4% salary increase in Feb 2024
  • 11% salary increase over two years for staff paid $60,000 or less
    • 6% salary increase in Feb 2023
    • 5% salary increase in Feb 2024
  • Performance pay, promotions and step progression salary payments are additional.

We are offering more than any other university in Aotearoa New Zealand or Australia. We remain committed to providing competitive increases to our staff.

In addition:

  • We will not offer a retirement gratuity or long service leave to new staff after 1 February 2023. Current staff are not affected by these changes.
  • We will improve parental leave benefits from next year:
    • More staff will be eligible for 9 weeks of University paid parental leave
    • Staff will receive fully paid annual leave on their return to work

The rationale:

  • We want to reward people now and not at the end of their careers. We don’t think it’s fair to offer benefits that many staff will never receive.
  • Our liability for the retirement gratuity and long service is currently $74 million and this continues to increase every year.
  • Removing the retirement gratuity and long service leave for new staff will save us $20 million over the next ten years alone.

For further detail please see the Collective Bargaining intranet page (staff only).