NZEI and PPTA confirm strike action: Ministry of Education guidance for parents
NZEI Te Riu Roa and NZPPTA have announced they will hold industrial strike action on 29 May 2019. This action covers primary school principals and teachers, secondary school teachers and area school teachers.
Not all principals and teachers are union members so school boards are encouraged to keep schools open for instruction if they can do so safely during strike action. If this is not possible, they are expected to provide supervision for children who turn up.
Whether it is feasible to offer supervision with staff not participating in the strike action or through out of school care providers is a decision for school boards.
For some schools it may not be possible to safely provide supervision due the availability of staffing, in that case parents and carers will need to make other arrangements.
In New Zealand, it is against the law to leave children under 14 years of age without making reasonable provision for their care and supervision.
We know that strike action is disruptive for you and your children, and will continue to make every effort we can to settle the collective agreements with the two unions.
If your children are under the age of 14 and your school cannot provide supervision, then we suggest talking to your employer about working from home.
Any school Board of Trustee members who need more information about managing a strike should consult the Ministry of Education / NZSTA Guidance.
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