Monday, May 13, 2019

Primary and Secondary Teachers plan to strike together in New Zealand's largest eduction strike

Over the weekend, educators in both New Zealand's NE Education Institute (NZEI) and the Post-Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) voted to strike May 29th, reports NestalkZB.

During Current Contract talks, the NZEI has already gone on strike twice, but the PPTA's contract ended later so this will be the first time the two unions go out together.

Despite the offer of pay increases over the next three years, teachers are unhappy with the government's budget plan which leaves schools unable to meet the needs of students.

Lisa Gheraghty, a teacher guest writing for The Spinoff, expressed many of these concerns in her piece, speaking to widespread frustration with burnout, little prep time, and growing class sizes, and pay scales that fail to draw young people into education.

News of the strike vote has prompted the Ministry of Education to push for facilitated talks to hopefully reach an agreement before the strike date.

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