NZEI has extended strike action

As you may have seen NZEI Te Riu Roa has announced it will hold a full day strike on August 15.

We value the work principals and teachers do and this bargaining round is a priority for us

We are disappointed the union has decided to take strike action while we are still in the negotiating process.

As we announced yesterday we have entered into mediation. Both parties wish to explore every possible avenue to reach an agreement.

We will continue to negotiate in good faith

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 the Board.

For some schools it will not be possible to provide supervision due to health and safety concerns around insufficient staffing so parents 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

We acknowledge that strike action is difficult for parents. If your school cannot provide supervision then we suggest you talk to your employer about working from home.

Any Board of Trustee members who would like more information about their responsibilities can contact the New Zealand School Trustees Association on 0800 782435, or there’s information available on their website.

New Zealand Trustees Association (NZSTA) information for boards and parents [DOCX, 148KB]

Ministry of Education statement on bargaining

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