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Response to Nick Smith release

6 June 2002 Media Response

Response to Nick Smith release


In response to the allegations contained in Nick Smith’s media release, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said that he has never engaged in negotiations with the PPTA, as that is the Ministry of Education’s role.

“With regard to the reported assertion that PPTA members would be “put on to” individual contracts, I can confirm that as a matter of law all PPTA members will go onto individual employment agreements as at 1 July if a settlement has not been reached by that time. That is something I have no power over.

"I have taken a wide range of advice on the process to be followed should the settlement not be ratified. A number of options are under consideration and that does not include walking away from the issues. My priority is to get a fair settlement – one that values teachers and lifts the quality of education in our secondary schools,” Trevor Mallard said.


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