As we’ve been reporting Secondary School teachers’ rejection of the government’s pay offer sets the scene for a double-header of strike action in primary and secondary schools.
A 15 per cent pay claim by secondary school teachers is “out of the ballpark”, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has warned.
The Education Ministry has upped its offer to primary teachers and says changes it is making across a range of areas should address many of their concerns.
Sweden, which has near eradicated material hardship but faces a similarly growing gap in income levels, offers free nutritious school lunches to children in all primary schools.
Auckland Primary Principals’ Association president Helen Varney said measures that were once considered unusual, were now commonplace as schools in the city tried to cover about 80 unfilled vacancies.
The National Party says the government is wrong to put its no-fees tertiary policy ahead of better pay and conditions for primary and secondary school teachers.
Ministry of Education: Deputy Secretary Ellen MacGregor-Reid says the Ministry has made a good offer to secondary school teachers.
Hon Chris Hipkins: Our government’s vision for education is very clear. We want a high quality public education system that provides all New Zealanders with lifelong learning opportunities so they all can develop their full potential, engage fully in society, be work-ready, and be able to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
PPTA: Looking back at the life of the PPTA over the past ten years is the same but different. The things that have happened and the decisions we’ve made, mostly in this forum of conference, have been based on our shared values of self-determination, empathy, love, social justice and equality – and on our collective desire to do the right thing by our profession, the children we teach and the communities we live in.
NZEI: A survey of early childhood educators reveals some are earning below the minimum wage, others are paid below the already low minimum rates for the sector, and widespread low-pay across the sector.