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IMAGES: Thousands of campaigning teachers march to Parliament

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In one of the biggest demonstrations seen in Wellington for years, thousands of striking teachers marched to Parliament today to campaign for better wages and conditions.

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The Wellington action was part of a national protest by nearly 50,000 members of the Educational Institute and the Post Primary Teachers Association as an attempt to persuade the government to expand the $1.2 billion envelope it has imposed on its offers to teachers.

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Speaking to the teachers in Wellington, the Education Minister Chris Hipkins, as reported by RNZ, stuck to the line he has consistently given – that the government is doing a lot to improve schools but it can’t do everything at once. That did not go down well with the thousands of teachers gathered in front of the Beehive and he left the podium on Parliament’s forecourt to boos and chants of “not enough”.