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


Ministry response to union proposed strike activity

Ministry response to union proposed strike activity after $1.2 billion of offers

Please attribute to Ellen MacGregor-Reid, Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement

Teachers and primary principals are being offered around $1.2 billion in pay increases and classroom release time.

This is in addition to $217 million being invested in 600 Learning Support Coordinators to help teachers support children and young people with additional learning needs.

The offers give around 24,000 teachers about $10,000 more in their pay packets within 24 months of signing up.

Others will get at least 3% pay rises every year for per year for three years.

We have invited and remain open to talking to the unions about how we can address their time to teach and other concerns outside the pay talks.

A threat of strike is disruptive for everyone involved. It does not offer a solution.

Should a decision be made for further strike action, NZEI will be invited to return to facilitated bargaining with the Employment Relations Authority and the PPTA will also be invited to begin facilitated bargaining.

Notes to editors:

Cost of Claims: The cost to meet the unions’ claims which includes at least 15% pay rises are in total $3.9 billion: NZEI $2.5 billion; PPTA $1.4 billion.

Primary Teacher Pay Parity: The salary rates for primary and secondary teachers are different, but depending on their qualifications and years of teaching that does not mean that all primary teachers are, or have been, paid less than secondary teachers.

For example, a teacher with a teaching degree beginning employment in a primary school this year will have a higher starting rate than if they were employed in a secondary school.

To note, offers made to NZEI members and PPTA members have traditionally been of similar value. Members of the two teacher unions have made different choices about the shape of the offer they have accepted that best matches their particular preferences within the overall amount available for settling.

Primary offer summary: The new pay offer would see more than 30,000 primary teachers receive a 3% pay rise every year for three years, and access to higher maximum steps in the pay scale.

As well, they were also offered the option to either bring forward access to the new top pay step by 12 months, or have extra classroom release time.

For more information on the $698 million offer to Primary principals and teachers visit: http://www.education.govt.nz/news/fact-sheet-on-new-offer-to-primary-teachers-and-principals/

The Employment Relations Authority described the NZEI’s claims as unrealistic and our offer as handsome and competitive.

Secondary offer summary: The new pay offer would see 70% (15,000) secondary teachers get a $7,200 salary increase after 12 months, increasing to almost $10,000 (an annual salary of $87,790) after 24 months.

The majority of secondary teachers, receive extra remuneration, for taking on additional responsibilities. 12,000 (57%) secondary teachers are paid above the top of the base scale.

For more information on the $496 million offer to Secondary teachers visit: http://www.education.govt.nz/news/our-revised-offer-to-secondary-teachers-factsheet/


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>


PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>


Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>


Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>


Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels