Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


School staff tell MPs: No more Novopain

1 March, 2013

School staff tell MPs: No more Novopain

School staff and supporters will be calling on Government MPs to show more commitment to helping schools caught up in the Novopay debacle.

NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter says it’s now been exactly six months since Novopay was introduced and there’s been no relief in the problems and stress that it’s been causing schools.

“We’ve had six months of over-pay, under-pay and no-pay and the Government has not shown enough urgency in dealing with the situation. It needs to do much better.

School staff and supporters will picket outside Government MP offices and other public spaces around the country to deliver signed letters addressed to Novopay Minister Stephen Joyce asking for more action and more respect.

“School administration staff should not be put under the intolerable stress and teachers should be getting paid properly. While no one is saying that Novopay is an easy fix, the Government needs to show proper commitment to easing some of the stress that schools are facing.

NZEI is calling on the Government to agree to a reasonable, low-cost package of support measures for schools, and to ensure adequate staffing and service levels at Novopay and the Ministry of Education.

“We would also like to begin discussions on financial support for schools,” Mr Goulter says.

While NZEI is continuing to look at legal options and engage with Novopay Minister Stephen Joyce’s sector reference group, it’s clear we need a package of interim relief measures.

“We’re starting to see communities take their own unprecedented action to support teachers and administration staff. For instance, parents in Motueka have organized a pupils’ strike day in protest at the Government’s inaction over Novopay.”

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news