The head of primary school teacher union NZEI TE Riu Roa says today’s strike action across the country is a symptom of underfunding in the sector.
Teachers will jam New Zealand’s city centres at lunchtime today to stake their claims for better pay and conditions to overcome the worst teacher shortage in recent memory.
At least 28,000 teachers and principals are going on strike on Wednesday, forcing the closure of most of the country’s primary and intermediate schools.
29,000 primary teachers and principals around the country are set to strike today to send a message to the Government that the current offer from the Ministry of Education will not fix the teaching crisis.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in the claims by the primary teachers’ union, the NZ Educational Institute, which is going on strike for only the fourth time in 135 years.
Ministry of Education: The Ministry of Education has signed a Terms of Settlement with NZEI Te Riu Roa to address a pay equity claim for 329 staff providing support to young children with additional learning needs.
National: The Minister has taken a hands-off approach regarding tomorrow’s strikes. Despite having more than one month’s notice it is clear that neither the Ministry nor the Minister have got the full picture, on the eve of the strike, of exactly how many of the 1945 primary schools will be open or closed, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.
ACT New Zealand: “The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.