Kaiārahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement

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Terms of Settlement

Kaiārahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Assistants' Collective Agreement
Effective 13 December 2019 to 6 February 2022

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  • Terms of Settlement
    • This document sets out the agreed components of the settlement of the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement (SSSCA) 2019-2022 and Kaiārahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement (KRCA) 2019-2022.

      This agreement has been settled between the Secretary for Education and the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI Te Riu Roa) and E tū. It shall be subject to ratification by NZEI Te Riu Roa and E tū members pursuant to section 51 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

      The terms outlined in this document are valid for ratification by NZEI Te Riu Roa and E tū provided ratification is confirmed and the new collective agreement is signed no later than 3 pm 13 December 2019.

      1. Term

      The Support Staff in Schools’ and Kaiārahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreements shall be effective from 13 December 2019 to 6 February 2022.

      2. Remuneration

      The parties agree that the increases will take effect from 29 November 2019, and 27 November 2020 respectively.

      In the Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement:

      • Pay rates for grade A, grade B, grade C and grade D (SSSCA clause 3.2.2)

      Below is the table outlining the changes to the printed rates for grade A, grade B, grade C and grade D including merging the current steps 1 through 8 into the new step 1.

      • Executive Management Group (SSSCA clause 3.1.1)

      The new minimum salary entry point is $77,250 from 29 November 2019 and $79,567 from 27 November 2020.

      • Consequential changes

      Consequential changes to the SSSCA needed to incorporate the changes to the printed rates have been agreed by the parties.

      In the Kaiārahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement

      • Kaiārahi i te reo and ATSSD ( KRCA clause 3.2)

      Below is the table outlining the changes to the rates payable for Kaiārahi i te reo including merging the current steps 1 through 8 into the new step 1.

      StepRates effective
      16 June 2018
      New stepRates effective
      29 November 2019
      Rates effective
      27 November 2020
      1 $17.70 1 $21.15 $21.78
      2 $17.70
      3 $17.70
      4 $17.94
      5 $18.30
      6 $18.77
      7 $19.72
      8 $20.21
      9 $20.71 2 $21.33 $21.97
      10 $21.24 3 $21.88 $22.54
      11 $21.71 4 $22.36 $23.03
      12 $22.23 5 $22.90 $23.59
      13 $22.72 6 $23.40 $24.11
      14 $23.74 7 $24.45 $25.19
      15 $24.31 8 $25.04 $25.79

      Below is the table outlining the changes to the rates payable for ATSSD including merging the current steps 1 through 11 into the new step 1. 

      StepRates effective
      16 June 2018
      New stepRates effective
      29 November 2019
      Rates effective
      27 November 2020
      1 $17.70 1 $21.15 $21.78
      2 $17.70
      3 $17.70
      4 $17.70
      5 $17.70
      6 $17.86
      7 $18.33
      8 $18.79
      9 $18.83
      10 $19.72
      11 $20.20
      12 $20.67 2 $21.29 $21.93
      13 $21.15 3 $21.78 $22.44
      14 $21.62 4 $22.27 $22.94
      15 $22.10 5 $22.76 $23.44
      16 $22.62 6 $23.29 $23.99
      17 $23.13 7 $23.83 $24.54
      • Therapists (KRCA 3.3)

      Below is the table outlining the changes to the minimum rates payable for Therapists:

      StepRates effective
      16 June 2018
      New stepRates effective
      29 November 2019
      Rates effective
      27 November 2020
      1 $23.40 1 $24.10 $24.82
      2 $24.69 2 $25.43 $26.19
      3 $25.95 3 $26.73 $27.53
      4 $27.23 4 $28.05 $28.89
      5 $28.57 5 $29.43 $30.31
      6 $29.86 6 $30.76 $31.68
      7 $31.14 7 $32.08 $33.04
      8 $32.51 8 $33.48 $34.49
      9 $33.80 9 $34.81 $35.86
      10 $35.10 10 $36.15 $37.24
      11 $36.69 11 $37.79 $38.92
      12 $38.17 12 $39.32 $40.50
      • Special Education Assistants

      Below is the table outlining the changes to the rates payable for Special Education Assistants:

      StepRates effective
      16 June 2018
      New StepRates effective
      29 November 2019
      Rates effective
      27 November 2020
      1 $17.70 1 $21.15 $21.78
      2 $17.70
      • Consequential changes

      Consequential changes to the KRCA needed to incorporate the changes to the printed rates have been agreed by the parties.

      2. Establishment of a Professional Learning and Development Fund for Teacher Aides

      1. The parties note that the Education Accord includes the following commitment:

      “How do we develop and deploy a para-professional workforce employed by Boards that supports teaching and learning?

      The Ministry and the NZEI are currently involved in detailed work to resolve pay equity issues with these staff. That work will continue. In addition, the roles paraprofessionals may hold, their career pathways and how they are funded (e.g. staffing entitlement or operations grant) will be considered.”

      2. The parties have agreed that, pending the detailed outcome from this Education Accord work, it would be useful to establish a transitional pilot teacher aide learning and development fund of $500,000 per annum (inclusive of administration) from 1 July 2020 for the balance of the term of the SSSCA , available from 1 July 2020. For the avoidance of doubt: funding of $500,000 for professional development of teacher aides will be available for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, and $290,000 available for the period 1 July 2021 to February 2022.

      3. This pilot will cease at the expiry of this agreement. The pilot will test the range of interest that exists, and the types of PLD which should be funded on a long-term basis as part of the framework developed under the Accord. The evaluation of this pilot will be one of the inputs to the above Accord work, in association with the Education Workforce Strategy and implementation of the Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025.

      4. To this end, the parties have agreed that the Ministry will convene joint work with NZEI Te Riu Roa and NZSTA, between February and June 2020, to establish the way the transitional pilot will work, its focus and priorities.

      5. The intention is that, wherever possible, this pilot funding will be used for PLD for teacher aides in term breaks and Christmas/New Year break or otherwise outside of school hours, to provide for salary and to pay course fees.

      3. Motor Vehicle Allowance increase (clause 5.1 of the SSSCA and KRCA)

      Amend wording to clause 5.1 to align rate to that for teachers and principals. The clause will now read:

      “Employees required by their employer to use their own vehicles for school business shall be paid an allowance of $0.62 per kilometre.”

      4. Te Matatini Leave

      The Ministry has agreed to provide funding of $16,000 for the term of the collective (ie from 13 December 2019 to 6 February 2022), to be administered by NZEI Te Riu Roa, to offer paid leave for support staff and Kaiārahi i te reo who participate in Te Matatini.

      The parties and NZSTA will determine the eligibility criteria, administration of the fund, and guidance for employers and employees within 60 days of ratification.

      5. Health and Safety and Wellbeing

      Health and Safety:
      Amend wording to clause 7.2 as detailed in Annex 4. This new wording encourages increased support staff participation in their school’s health and safety culture.

      Wellbeing:
      The Ministry is committed to ongoing work on wellbeing with the education sector under the Education Accord which includes implementation of a wellbeing framework and associated tools and resources.

      6. Renaming of Dirty Work Allowance (5.5 of the KRCA and 5.4 of the SSSCA)

      Amend the name of the “Dirty Work Allowance” to “Tiaki Allowance”.

      7. Changes to Overnight Allowance (clause 5.5 in SSSCA and 5.4 KRCA)

      Amend wording in the SSSCA to clause 2.4.5 and 5.5 as detailed in Annex 4.

      Amend wording in the KRCA to clause 5.4 as detailed in Annex 5.

      The Ministry and NZSTA will ensure guidance is made available for boards as to how they can meet their obligations to ensure all support staff and kaiārahi are correctly paid in relation to this clause, which reflects the requirements of the Minimum Wage Act 1983 and relevant case law.

      8. Administrative and Kaiārahi Pay Equity Claim Terms of Reference

      The parties are committed to agreeing to sign a Terms of Reference for the Administrative and Kaiārahi Pay Equity Claims.

      9. Amalgamation of the SSSCA and KRCA

      The parties note the Ministry’s claim for amalgamation of the SSSCA and KRCA.

      The parties have agreed to convene a joint working group within six months of expiry of the SSSCA and KRCA, to further investigate and consult around this proposal.

      The parties will develop appropriate principles to shape this work prior to the commencement of the working group.

      The Ministry, NZEI Te Riu Roa and NZSTA will advise representatives in due course.

      10. Related Matters

      An Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) will be promulgated by the Secretary for Education on the date the collective agreement is ratified (i.e. 13 December 2019).

      The new pay rates will be effective from the date of promulgation for those employees who were employed on the day the IEA is promulgated, if the IEA is signed on or before 29 February 2020.

      For employees who sign the IEA after 29 February 2020 the new pay rates will be effective from the date the IEA is signed by the employee.

      11. Technical amendments

      • Family Violence Leave (new 6.12 KRCA) (new 6.11 SSCA)

      The parties agree to add the following wording in 6.11 in the SSSCA and 6.12 in the KRCA:

      “Family Violence Leave
      Family Violence Leave as provided for by the Holidays Act 2003 is in addition to other leave allowance within the collective agreement.”

      • Other technical amendments

      Such other technical amendments to the text of the collective agreement as may be mutually agreed by the parties.

       

      Signed in Wellington on 29 November 2019:

      Alexandra Davies
      Advocate
      for NZEI Te Riu Roa


      Advocate
      for E tū

      Tim Day and Nicole Williams
      Advocates
      for the Secretary for Education

      Witnessed:
      Jonathan Fairclough
      for the New Zealand Schools Trustees Association