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Plunket administrative staff positions reviewed.

As part of Plunket collective agreement negotiations last year, Plunket accepted NZNO's claim that among the three administration groups--office clerk, data administrator and support team co-ordinator--there were significant recruitment and retention issues and jobs had become more complex. Benchmarking was agreed to, along with a review of salary scales and job descriptions. Any further salary adjustments were to take effect from December 1, 2008. This was clearly not a restructuring but an opportunity to scope the roles and look at external comparisons.

A job-sizing exercise was undertaken by an external consultant, with NZNO and administration member participation. It was a very robust and inclusive process.

It was agreed there would be two administration roles and the position descriptions were sized accordingly. The support team co-ordinator role would become administration team leader, and the office clerk and data administrator roles would be combined to become administrator. The consultant also provided salary benchmarking information from both private and public sector roles of a similar scope and size.

The Plunket and NZNO representatives then met to negotiate the new salary scales, with an issues-based approach. The team is recommending a variation, which was to go to NZNO administration members for ratification early this month. The variation sees two new wage scales, each with significant increases. Two service-based steps and two merit steps remain. The new merit steps 1 and 2 will be available on application from April I this year. The criteria and process for awarding merit steps will be agreed by NZNO and Plunket. Any merit steps awarded from April 1 will be backdated to the date of the merit step application.

A translation process to these new scales has been agreed, with all members getting around a six percent pay increase once on the new scales. Either service or merit steps can also be attained in the future. Seventy-five percent of the pay increase associated with the translation to the new scales is backdated to December 1, 2008, and 25 percent is effective June 30, 2009.

Higher duties allowances of $2000 and $4000 per annum have also been agreed, ensuring employees are recognised when substantially undertaking the duties and responsibilities of a higher graded position, or when they are undertaking significant additional or special duties and responsibilities.

Report by co-ordinating organiser Chris Wilson

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Title Annotation:SECTOR REPORTS
Author:Wilson, Chris
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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