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PPTA case for equity for part time teachers starts tomorrow

Part time secondary teachers and their union, the PPTA, warmly invite media to join them at the Employment Court for the first day of hearings for equality.

When: 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019

The day begins with opening statements, followed by our first witness, PPTA advisory officer Rob Willetts.

Where: Employment Court, Ballance St, Wellington (District Court building)

What: The court hearing in the case for pro-rata non-contact time for part time teachers.

Who: Part time teachers Lisa Hargreaves, Pam Foyle, Debra Eno and Leanne Donovan and other expert witnesses.

PPTA vice-president Melanie Webber says, “We have been trying to resolve this injustice for over 16 years.”

“We have developed and offered a myriad of solutions, with different models and flexible options. We have tried righting the discrimination through six rounds of collective bargaining of the Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement. There has been a long term workstream with the education ministry, mediation with the department of labour and a four year pay and employment equity review – and still no justice.”

“There can be no doubt this inequity is deliberate. It’s such a shame our government continues to fight it.”

“The case is simple. Every teacher should earn equal pay for equal work. We believe we have a very strong case and that we’ll win.”

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