Update on our contract variation

Kia ora PPCB e te Whānau,

I hope all is well in the Christmas season. This communication just clarifies the recent variation changes to our collective contract.

Our contract variation was made against the Secondary Principals Collective Contract as part of the Unified Pay Scale. Due to this clause ( 5.1.2(a))if the Secondary Principals negotiated variations then we had to be offered the same within a month. This happened and we were offered what they got.

As the Unified Pay Scale with Secondary does not include Cultural leadership and Literacy and Numeracy Leadership we were not offered these although we tried. It was a variation, not a renegotiation.

Changes to the Collective:

  • Primary principals on the PPCBU Collective Agreement or IEA will be paid the new rates as per the 01 December 2023 increase.
  • $1,500 payment to all primary principals on the PPCBU Collective Agreement or IEA who were employed as at 01 December 2023 (pro-rated for part-time)
  • The variation to the PPCA-PPCBU provides changes to U-grade rates to match the rates offered to SPANZ which in turn matches NZEI. These new rates will take effect on January 23 2024. This is pay period 22.
  • Note the term of the PPCA-PPCBU has been extended and will now expire on 1 May 2025.
  • Note existing staff who have already signed the IEA promulgated on 15 August 2023 do not need to sign a new IEA to receive these changes.

There are two unions for Primary Principals and we will negotiate from different perspectives. In the last round, we achieved different things but we had the option to enter variation.

While not getting all that our members wanted in this variation you need to be clear that “Union Hopping” will not give you what you want. You will be bound by an IEA that will reflect our terms because we settled first. This is a rule of bargaining with multiple unions. We have got the best we can in this round.

Early in 2024, you will see communications that ask for your ideas, wants and needs. The Strategy team will build things together and then the negotiation team will take members’ claims to negotiations in 2024/2025.

We’ve got this. We are growing in strength, and knowledge and have the potential to be a union of over 500 or more. Our communication is clear and transparent and our members are active. We offer support through a talented and experienced Principal Support Officer and our Board is driven to do their very best for membership.

Congratulations to our new Board Chair, Julie Hepburn from Red Beach School and our new secretary Meagan Kelly from Governors Bay.

Thank you and Merry Christmas – Meri Kirihimete me Nga Mihi o Te Tau Hou (Pakeha).

Nga mihi,

Mark Ellis
Head of Union