Next month union members at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi will be voting on a two percent pay rise. Members have been advised to accept the deal by the officials of the Tertiary Education Union and the Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association. It will duly be rubber stamped.
According to TEU organiser Jane Adams the deal demonstrates the whare wananga values its staff.
It's curious that Adams thinks her role is also to be a spin doctor for the employer, because it can't value its staff that much since it took over four months of negotiation to squeeze out a two percent pay rise.
And only union members will get the two percent. It won't be passed on to non-union members. They get nothing.
The TEU seems to think that this is something to shout about. On its website it declares ' 2%, only for union members, at Awanuiaangi'. Evidently TEU officialdom aren't concerned about the economic situation of non-union workers.
This sort of approach only serves to help divide the workplace and does nothing to encourage worker solidarity. It is also hardly going to assist in winning the hearts and minds of non union workers.
The immediate task is surely to help make every worker feel that they are the union, and that there is something very concrete to be won or lost.