Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Pay Increase for Education’s Invisible Army

Pay Increase for Education’s Invisible Army

Thousands of school support staff will get their largest pay increase in eight years following the settlement of their pay claim.

NZEI Te Riu Roa has successfully negotiated the pay deal on behalf of 11,000 support staff throughout the country, often known as the “invisible” workforce within the education sector.

The agreement covers non-teaching staff such as teacher aides, administration workers, sports co-ordinators, librarians, and nurses. It will give them a 4% pay increase from January next year and NZEI members will get another 2% the following year. The agreement expires in March 2009.

The claim sought to address long-standing issues of low pay and job insecurity.

It has been agreed, as part of the settlement, that a work programme will be set up with NZEI, the Ministry of Education and the School Trustees Association, to look at pay scales for support staff which are currently a source of frustration for both staff and schools.

NZEI National President Irene Cooper says “support staff are highly valued staff in our schools and this is a good settlement in the short term whilst we complete the work around the scales. NZEI is committed to improving the lot of these workers.”

However, NZEI is still waiting on more tangible results through the government’s operational grant review processes and it is hoped the outcome will give support staff job security.

Support staff are bulk funded through schools’ operations grants and Ms Cooper says many schools have struggled in the past to find adequate funding to pay them.

The recent announcement by the government of transitional funding for 2009 to those schools which lost in the recent decile funding review has saved wholesale cutbacks in support staff hours.

She says “we want to make it clear that bulk funding of support staff is the prime cause of lack of job security and low rates of pay in the sector and a better system must be developed.”

The settlement is subject to ratification by members and a postal ballot will be held at the beginning of the 2008 school year.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news