School Caretakers', Cleaners' and Canteen Staff Collective Agreement

Variation to this agreement

On 25 March 2019, the parties agreed to a variation to take into account the changes to the Minimum Wage Rate that increased to $17.70 from 1 April 2019. These changes have been incorporated into this webpage.

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Part 2: Cleaners

School Caretakers', Cleaners' and Canteen Staff Collective Agreement
Effective 8 May 2017 to 7 June 2019

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Minimum wage rate - effective 1 April 2018:

The Minimum Wage Rate increased to $16.50 from 1 April 2018. Anyone currently paid an hourly rate below the new minimum wage rate will automatically have their pay rate increased to $16.50 per hour from 1 April 2018. Printed rates in the collective agreements will not change until the current collective agreements expire and a new collective agreement is agreed.

  • 2.1 Application
    • Part 2 applies to cleaners and canteen staff only. Each clause will apply to both groups except where one group only (e.g. cleaners) is specified.

  • 2.2 Remuneration
    • 2.2.1 The following provisions set out remuneration for cleaners and canteen workers.

      1. From 8 May 2017 to 7 May 2018 minimum pay rates shall be:
        Date EffectiveHourly RateWeekly Rate
        31 April 2015 $15.83 $633.19
        8 May 2017 $16.02 $640.80


      2. From 8 May 2018 cleaners and canteen staff will translate to the new cleaners' and canteen staff scale according to the agreed translation rules detailed in Appendix D.
        StepRate effective
        8 May 2018
        Rate effective
        1 April 2019
        1 $16.50 $17.70 Entry
        2 $16.58 $17.78  
        3 $16.67 $17.87  
        4 $16.75 $17.95 ITO2*
        5 $16.83 $18.03  
        6 $16.92 $18.12 Incremental Max/ITO3**
        Range of Rates      
        7 $17.25 $18.45 Range of Rates Max

        Note: The parties explicitly acknowledge that the scales which become operative from 8 May 2018 incorporate financial recognition for attainment of relevant L2* and L3** NZQF qualifications for cleaners, and L3** NZQF qualifications for canteen staff and current "service pay" and "in charge" allowances where applicable.
  • 2.3 In-Charge Allowance
    • 2.3.1 Until 7 May 2018 a cleaner placed in charge of other cleaners, or a canteen staff member placed in charge of other canteen staff, shall receive the following additional payment.

        • 3 - 9 other workers - 34 cents an hour
        • 10 - 19 other workers - 54 cents an hour
        • more than 19 other workers - 78 cents an hour

      2.3.2 From 8 May 2018, the in-charge allowance will be included in the calculation of the employee’s pre-translation remuneration rate for translation to the new supervisors’ pay scale detailed in Part 4, according to the agreed translation rules detailed in Appendix D, at which point the in-charge allowance shall cease.

  • 2.4 Fire lighting Allowance
    • It is recognised that the preparation, setting and/or lighting of fires is not part of the duties of a cleaner. However, where a caretaker or assistant caretaker is not employed and a cleaner is requested to carry out additional duties associated with fire lighting, and the cleaner agrees, the cleaner shall be paid a daily allowance at the appropriate rate specified.

        • cleaner’s fire lighting allowance $1.36 per day
  • 2.5 Hours of Work
    • 2.5.1 Forty hours shall constitute a week's work to be worked on five days of the week (which wherever possible will be consecutive), Monday to Sunday inclusive. Not more than eight hours shall be worked in any one day without payment of overtime. Should a worker be required to work on a sixth or seventh day in any one week, he/she shall be paid overtime in accordance with clause 2.6.

      2.5.2 As far as possible the hours of work shall be continuous from the time of starting work save for the intervals for meals which shall not be more than one hour or less than 30 minutes. No worker shall be required to work for more than four and a half hours without a meal.

      2.5.3 A rest period of ten minutes in each period of four hours' work shall be granted.

  • 2.6 Overtime
    • All time worked in excess of the daily and/or weekly ordinary time hours of work provided for in 2.5 above shall be regarded as overtime and paid for at ordinary time rate and one quarter.

  • 2.7 Grandparents Cleaners' Retiring Leave
    • 2.7.1 Except as provided by 2.7.2 below, a full time cleaner who had either completed ten or more years' service or was 50 years of age or more, as at 15 February 1993, is entitled to qualify for Retiring Leave as outlined in clause 3.10.

      2.7.2 A permanent part-time cleaner who met either criteria outlined in 2.7.1 above, and was a full-time cleaner as at 15 February 1993 but subsequently had his/her hours reduced as a result of clause 6.1 of this Agreement, shall also remain entitled to qualify for the Retiring Leave based upon his/her average weekly hours set over the five years immediately preceding the date of retirement.