Comments by the Prime
Minister that school support staff could have a pay rise if
teachers were prepared to forego an increase are insulting,
says the education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa.
made the suggestion at the Council of Trade Union conference
when asked why support staff are essentially being offered a
zero percent pay increase.
NZEI says there is no way the
union would entertain any such trade-off.
staff work at the frontline of education and many earn only
just above the minimum wage. NZEI says their fight for
better pay is based on the value of the work they do and the
improvements they make to children’s learning.
National Secretary Paul Goulter says it’s ironic that this
government, which claims that raising student achievement is
a priority, continues to fail to recognise that.
support staff deserve a pay increase because of what they do
and what they’re worth. Mr Key’s flippant suggestions
of a robbing Peter to pay Paul type trade-off between
teachers and support staff is offensive to
“The government needs to address the
underfunding of already low paid support staff and not try
and play two groups off against each other,” says Mr
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