Strike action planned for August 15

The NZEI Te Riu Roa union yesterday announced their intention to hold a three-hour strike on 15 August, and are discussing whether to extend it to a full day strike.

We value the work our teachers and principals do and progressing their pay and working conditions in the current bargaining round is a priority for us. 

We are disappointed NZEI members have rejected our offers.

The offer sees teachers’ base salaries increase between 6.1–14.7 per cent over three years which would see the beginner teacher rate increase to $50,280 a year, rising to $55,030 in 2020.

The offer would also see increases for principals of between 6-11 per cent, which would see the starting base remuneration of a principal of a school of 50 or fewer students increase to $92,873 in 2020.

The Ministry’s negotiations with NZEI will continue over the coming weeks.

Unions are required to give Boards of Trustees notice about upcoming strike action.

Boards are encouraged to keep schools open but whether that is feasible is a decision for the Board.

If you have any questions about the upcoming strike, please contact your school.

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