UCOL offers staff payrise

Last updated 12:37 20/05/2014
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FED UP: UCOL staff strike outside the polytechnic's campus in Palmerston North.

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After months of industrial action, UCOL has offered staff a pay rise.

Negotiations have stretched out past six months, with UCOL's chief executive Paul McElroy entering around-the-table arbitration for the first time this week.

UCOL's 220-plus unionised workers have taken a range of industrial action including strikes, rallies, 'Wear Red' events and hosting public forums.

The actions have been spurred by a stalemate between UCOL and the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) over the lack of an across-the-board pay rise.

The union wanted a 2.5 per cent increase and improved working conditions, such as pay transparency and professional development opportunities.

UCOL offered a pay rise yesterday, and TEU negotiators have said it will be enough to end the long employment dispute.

UCOL offered polytechnic staff two pay raises of 1.25 per cent, spanned over two years.

TEU branch president Tina Smith: "We were pleased that Mr McElroy joined us and listened ... he also responded to many of the points we raised.'"

The details of the offer were still to be finalised, Smith said.

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