Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement

Minimum wage rate effective 1 April 2019

The Minimum Wage Rate increased to $17.70 from 1 April 2019.  Anyone currently paid an hourly rate below the new minimum wage rate will automatically have their pay rate increased to $17.70 per hour from 1 April 2019. Printed rates in the collective agreements will not change until the current collective agreements expire and a new collective agreement is agreed.

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Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement

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Memorandum of Understanding

Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement
Effective 16 June 2017 to 15 July 2019

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  • Memorandum of Understanding
    • 1. Renewal of Collective Agreement

      The parties note that it is their intention to have already exchanged draft claims and therefore be in a position to commence bargaining on the day of initiation for a new collective agreement.

      The parties agree that substantive bargaining for succeeding agreements will proceed in a timely manner, which will afford the opportunity for negotiations to be concluded before the expiry of this document.

      2. Joint Good Practice Guidelines

      The NZEI Te Riu Roa and the New Zealand School Trustees Association have undertaken to jointly develop and distribute good practice guidelines on the following matters, namely:

      Clarification of the process for changes to hours of work

      • Clarification of the process for progression within grades and associated matters
      • Job descriptions and appraisal processes
      • Administration of medication and medical processes (e.g. catheterisation)
      • Safe practise
      • Professional development leave
      • Lifting (manual handling)
      • Recognition of service.

      Joint Investigation by NZEI Te Riu Roa and NZSTA.

      NZEI and NZSTA agree to undertake a joint investigation into:

      • Teacher aide involvement in IEP meetings
      • The operation of the range of rates in schools.

      3. Notification

      Where sufficient information is provided by school boards to the Ministry of Education, the employer shall receive advanced notification of the names of support staff who will have been on the same grade and step for 12 months.