4.5 Collective agreements

4.5.1 Early Childhood Education Collective Agreement

The ECECA was settled with a 0.5% increase in rates, lifting a freeze on salary progression and an increase in teacher scales from 10 to 15 steps. The term was for one year from 20 December 2016 until 20 December 2017, and agreement was made for a working group on senior and head teacher roles.

4.5.2 Kindergarten Teachers’ Collective Agreement

The KTCA was settled after seven months of negotiations. A two-year term from 1 June 2017 until 31 May 2019. The pay increase was 2% from May 2017 and there was agreement for primary teachers’ increase to be paid to kindergarten teachers, thereby maintaining pay parity. Payment of teachers’ practicing certificates was gained, and terms and conditions were retained. Defined hours of work were agreed to maintain work-life balance and a single entitlement to sick leave was agreed. During the term of the agreement a working group will develop a specific career framework for the kindergarten sector.

4.5.3 Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

The negotiation process took seven months and the new agreement contains significant benefits to members. A 24-month term was agreed and a one-off extra release day on the basis of one FTTE was agreed for 2017. The terms of reference included the career framework development. There was a 2% increase on the base scale and an increase in the level one Māori Immersion Teacher Allowance (MITA). In addition, those involved in kapa haka and Polyfest were allocated 100 days release time in total across the sector. The mileage rate was increased to 62 cents per kilometre and practicing certificate fees would be paid for the term of the settlement. There were no significant clawbacks.

4.5.4 Kindergarten Association Support Staff Collective Agreement

Members covered by KASSCA secured a two-year term which will end on 30 September 2018 and a pay increase of approximately 3% per year for unqualified teaching assistants, teacher aides and cooks. These roles have been placed on a combined scale, and a new top step of $16.28 added. The new top step provides access to a rate upon ratification approximately 5% higher than the previous top step. In-training teaching assistants and administrators received an approximately 2% pay increase per year.

The first step on the in-training teaching assistants’ scale was removed.

Members also gained an entitlement of two days minimum professional development for permanent employees. There was also agreement to work with the association to develop a best practice guide for job descriptions.

Other agreements settled included:

  • Barnardos Collective Agreement
  • MoE Service Managers’ Collective Agreement
  • Salvation Army Collective Agreement
  • Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Early Childhood Teachers Collective Agreement
  • Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Specialist and Support Staff Collective Agreement


Advocate Bella Pardoe