NZEI confirms further strike action

As you may have seen NZEI Te Riu Roa has confirmed it will hold further rolling strikes from 12 – 16 November.

Boards are encouraged to keep schools open for instruction if they can during strike action, but if they can’t they are expected to provide supervision for children who turn up. Whether that is feasible is a decision for Boards.

For some schools it will not be possible to provide supervision due to health and safety concerns around insufficient staffing so parents and carers will need to make other arrangements.

In New Zealand, it is against the law to leave children under 14 without making reasonable provision for their care and supervision.

More information is available on the Oranga Tamariki website:

'Home alone' and the supervision of children and young people(external link)

We acknowledge that strike action is difficult for parents and carers, as well as disruptive for children’s learning. If your school cannot provide supervision then we suggest parents and carers talk to their employers about working from home.

Any Board of Trustee members who need more information about managing a strike should consult the Ministry of Education/NZSTA Guidance.

Ministry of Education offer to primary teachers and principals:

  • The offer we have made is worth $698 million, that’s an increase of $129 million from the previous offer. It means that most teachers would get between $9,500 - $11,000 extra annually in their pay packets by 2020. The offer also provides for additional progression on the pay scale.
  • The offer took into account the large investment being made by the Government into learning support, including the recent announcement of $217 million for 600 new learning support coordinator roles, which the NZEI has asked for as part of easing teacher workload and helping parents and children. 

Strike dates and locations              

Monday 12 November  Auckland
Tuesday 13 November  North Island (except Auckland and Wellington)
Wednesday 14 November   Wider Christchurch
Thursday 15 November South Island (except Wider Christchurch)
Friday 16 November Wellington region


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