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Government Action In Breach Of Law

“The coalition Government’s action to change the Employment Contract for Primary Principals without consultation with their employers, the School Trustees Association, is in clear breach of the State Sector Act,” said New Zealand First Education Spokesperson, Brian Donnelly today.

Mr Donnelly was responding to reports that the Government has agreed, without further industry consultation, to make changes to primary principals’ contract coverage, as sought by NZEI.

“Members of the New Zealand Schools Trustee Association are justifiably upset. These are the people who have to monitor and control the quality of the work of the principals.

“The Government has by-passed them in setting the conditions under which the principals work. By law the Schools Trustee Association must be consulted over any such changes,” he said.

“The NZEI has called in its chips; the Government has stumbled over itself in its eagerness to satisfy NZEI’s demands and has blundered in doing so.

“It is unfortunate that this new Government has got off to such a bad start with an organisation it is dependent upon for a quality education system,” concluded Mr Donnelly.

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