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NZEI asks teachers to ratify settlement including pay increases

News from NZEI
Two weeks after the largest strike in New Zealand history, proposed settlements and an accord between the Government and teacher unions will be taken to primary teachers and principals for ratification votes next week. Area school teachers also have a new proposed settlement to consider.

The online ballots for NZEI Te Riu Roa members will run from next Wednesday until 6pm Tuesday June 25.

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said the settlements and accord included a restoration of pay parity for primary teachers through the implementation of a new unified pay scale from July 1.

The pay increases offered to teachers are significantly larger than in previous offers, including a new top step of $90,000 to help attract and retain teachers. Schools will also get eight extra teacher-only days over the three-year term of the agreement.

All current teachers would see their base salary increase by at least 18.5% by July 2021 if they ratify the settlement, taking into account step progression. The median base salary increase by July 2021 would be $14,500.

“In recognition of the tough fight our members have put up over the past 18 months to campaign for quality teaching and learning for our kids, we are pleased union members will get a $1,500 lump sum — and their pay increases will kick in three months ahead of non-members,” she said.

Ms Stuart said the union’s National Executive was recommending ratification of the settlements, but it is up to members to make their own decision in the end.

“The Executive believe the proposed settlements are a significant improvement on previous offers. While they do not address all of our issues, the accord gives us the framework to work with the Government to address critical issues like workload and class size.”

“However, this is ultimately a decision for members to make. They will be voting on whether to ratify the proposed settlement next week.”

The proposed settlements come after Education Minister Chris Hipkins intervened in the dispute by calling an urgent conference with the leadership of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA last week, following historic joint strike action by 50,000 teachers and principals on May 29.

News from PPTA
Secondary teachers have received a new offer from the government to settle the area school and secondary collective agreements. The offer includes a lump sum payment of $1500 for union members only and a new top salary step of $90,000. All secondary teachers will receive annual pay increases of 3 percent.

There will also be an increase in the values of middle management and senior management allowances, and an increase in the number of management units so teachers who undertake additional duties can be supported and recognised.

PPTA president Jack Boyle says: “We knew the biggest mobilisation of teachers in New Zealand’s history had worked when we got a call from the Education Minister, asking the unions to come and sit at the table with him.”

“Sometimes a circuit breaker is what’s needed to progress an issue, and in this case, it certainly did the trick.”

“We are very pleased to have an offer to take to our members to consider, after months of negotiations.”

Main components of the offer include

· A lump sum payment of $1500 for union members only. Pro rata for part-time, short term and day relief teachers.

· A new top step salary rate of $90,000.

· Salary rises around 3% on 1 July this year and each of the next two years with a new top step of $90,000 on 1 July 2021.

· Units moving to $5000, MMAs and SMAs to $2000 on 28 January 2020.

· Payment of the Priority Teacher Supply Allowance at $2500 for all eligible teachers.

· An increase to the Careers Advisor Allowance from $1500 to $2250.

· Enhanced Maori Immersion Teacher Allowance.

· 1000 new Units from the start of 2020.

· A $5 million per year professional development fund for conferences and seminars, to be administered jointly by PPTA and the Ministry of Education.

· Changes to parental leave provisions so they are gender neutral.

· No pass on of the new terms and conditions to non-members for 3 months.