8.4 Units (Instead of 3.9)

8.4.1 Units will be allocated to teachers on a permanent basis, to positions with permanent responsibilities, and to individuals given additional responsibilities at a higher level for a fixed period, and may be given to teachers seconded to Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu for a specified period. Positions designated Senior Teacher, Liaison Teacher, Team Leader or Curriculum Leader will be assigned units according to the degree of responsibilities assigned to the position.

8.4.2 The rate per unit is as per 3.9 regardless of the level of aggregation.

8.4.3 Teachers who have been designated by the Board “deputy principal” or “assistant principal” shall be paid at the Q3 maximum of the base scale plus any units, of whatever type, allocated to them. Other teachers who have been allocated units shall be paid at their current step on the base scale plus any units, of whatever type, allocated to them. Teachers who meet the criteria for Q3+, Q4 or Q5 salary (as defined in 3.3) shall be paid at Q3+ maximum plus any units allocated.

8.4.4 Teachers holding permanent units shall be entitled to progress beyond their qualifications maxima, to the maximum of the base scale provided that:

    1. Where such teachers have gone beyond their qualification maximum they shall revert to that qualification maximum if their permanent units are lost through voluntary relinquishment or acceptance of a position without permanent units;
    2. Where such teachers subsequently regain permanent unit(s) they shall also gain an immediate base scale increment (if not already at the Q3 maximum of the scale) and will become eligible for any further increment(s) due from the anniversary of that date.

Teachers holding permanent units and who meet the criteria for Q3+, Q4, or Q5 salary (as defined in 3.3) shall be entitled to progress pursuant to clause 3.7.4, 3.7.5, 3.7.6 and 3.7.7 to the Q3+ maximum of the base scale.

8.4.5 Fixed term units, allocated for any reason, will be paid in addition to the teacher’s rate of pay, including any permanent units.

8.4.6 At the time of allocating a fixed term unit or units, the employer shall specify in writing either the period of time for which the teacher shall be entitled to that fixed term unit or units, or the particular assignment or task to be undertaken for which the fixed term unit or units has been allocated.

8.4.7 The entitlement to that fixed term unit or units shall cease at the expiry of the specified period of time or on the completion of the specified assignment or task.

8.4.8 The employer may reallocate a fixed term unit or units to the same or another teacher for a further period of time or for a further particular assignment or task.

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