School Staff Suffer in New Novopay Twist
Tracey Martin MP
26 February 2013
Suffer in New Novopay Twist
New Zealand First
believes the PPTA has been forced into a corner over the
Novopay saga but says legal action will place more pressure
on already stressed school staff.
Tracey Martin says putting even more stress on school staff
is not acceptable and the Government must end the Novopay
“Teachers and other school staff have been
put under tremendous pressure trying to cope with a pay
system which has been nothing short of a disaster.
staff don’t know if they’ll be able to pay their rent or
mortgages. In other instances teachers fear debt collectors
will come knocking seeking reimbursement of
“Legal action is an extreme measure
forced on the PPTA because the Government hasn’t scrapped
Novopay, or compensated for the suffering school staff have
Ms Martin says the New Zealand Principals’
Federation has reported that 23 staff have resigned as a
direct result of Novopay stress.
“It’s testament to
the dedication of teachers that more haven’t
“Minister Steven Joyce seems intent on
continuing with an until-the-bitter-end approach, allowing
the Novopay fiasco to drag on.
“You’re flogging a dead
horse Mr Joyce and school staff will not forgive you for
it,” says Ms
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