Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister hopes for positive start to 2003 year

16 December 2002 Media Statement

Minister hopes for positive start to 2003 school year


Education Minister Trevor Mallard is hoping for a positive start to the 2003 secondary school year by offering to go back to the Alternative Disputes Resolution Panel with the PPTA over the issue of non-degree teachers accessing a new top pay rate.

“I want a positive end to this issue, as we head into Christmas and the festive season. I also want a clean and positive start to the 2003 secondary school year so teachers and their students can focus on education, with no other distractions,” Trevor Mallard said.

The Alternative Disputes Resolution Panel in August recommended a $250 million settlement to the secondary teachers’ pay dispute that was ratified by 88 percent of the PPTA’s members. But the panel at the time said it couldn’t make a definitive recommendation about what should happen to the non-degree teachers.

“Recommendation 14 of the ADR’s final recommendations for the settlement of the secondary teachers collective agreement, states that the panel was prepared to reconvene if the parties were unable to “resolve the issue of whether G3 equivalent teachers should access the additional increment payable on 5 February, 2003, or the new step 14’,” Trevor Mallard said.

“The ministry, on my instruction, is agreeing to the panel reconvening to give a recommendation on the issue left open by recommendation 14.”

“The ministry will propose a list of degree-equivalent qualifications to the ADR panel,” Trevor Mallard said.



“Research has been going on to determine exactly which qualifications will be assessed as being degree-equivalent (level 7 or above on the NZQA qualifications framework) to enable teachers to access the new top salary scale. For instance, the Diploma in Home Science and Diploma in Physical Education from Otago University meet this test, as do other qualifications around the country.”


Attached is a copy of the Ministry of Education’s letter to the PPTA.


16 December 2002

Mr Kevin Bunker
National Secretary
PPTA
60 Willis Street


Dear Kevin

Ministers have reviewed whether the Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel should be reconvened to reconsider and finally resolve the issue of G3 Equivalent Teachers.

Ministers decided before last week’s mediation that they would be willing to see the Panel reconvened if necessary. They have now confirmed that the Panel should be reconvened pursuant to recommendation 14 of the Panel’s final recommendations dated 19 August 2002. As a consequence, I will be making arrangements to reconvene the Panel with all possible speed.

I should explain the background to this decision.

Government does not concede that there is any legal obligation to reconvene the Panel on recommendation 14, and remains of the view that reference of this issue to the Ministerial Taskforce on Secondary Teacher Remuneration would be appropriate. However, Government acknowledges the urgent need to resolve the issue relating to G3 Equivalent Teachers.

You will be aware that considerable progress has been made on assessing qualifications as comparable to a degree, or level 7, on the Qualifications Framework. This work is on-going and will be made available to the Panel.

Yours sincerely

Chris Collins
Senior Manager

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Taxing Capital Gains: Tax Working Group Delivers Final Report

Group Chair Sir Michael Cullen says our system has many strengths but there is a clear weakness caused by our inconsistent treatment of capital gains.

“New Zealanders earning just salary and wages are taxed on their full income but we have several situations where you can earn income from gains on assets and not be taxed at all.

“All members of the Group agree that more income from capital gains should be taxed from the sale of residential rental properties. The majority of us on the Group, by a margin of 8-3, support going further and broadening that approach to include all land and buildings, business assets, intangible property and shares.” More>>

 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels