Secondary teachers to resume strike action

The latest offer from the Ministry of Education was deemed “inadequate” by the secondary education union, prompting resumed strike action.

Secondary educators union PPTA Te Wehengarua has advised its members to reject the latest offer from the Ministry of Education. In an email to members, the PPTA called the offer “inadequate”, putting an end to the pause on strike action announced on May 22.  

Strikes resumed at the start of June, with Year 12s being sent home on Thursday 1 June as a continuation of rostering home, which began at the start of Term 2.  

Read the Term 2 edition of School News HERE

Year 10s will be rostered home on Tuesday 6 June and Year 9s on Thursday 8 June.  

The latest pay offer included pay rises between 11 and 15.5 percent by December 2024. Changes included moving from a three-year term to a two-year term, though the offer would have taken effect from July rather than being backdated to December 2022.  

In an email to members, the PPTA said improvements included non-contact time equity for part-time teachers from the start of 2025 and a salary increase for relievers. However, the union noted that the top offer had not changed. A vote is set to be held on the offer, including further industrial action.  

PPTA Acting President Chris Abercrombie said of the decision to continue strike action:  

“This is not something we take lightly… We want to be in classrooms teaching. We want to settle. But we need teachers and pay that matches the cost of living. The membership will speak in their votes.”  

Abercrombie pointed out that teachers had seen their pay stall for two years, including a one-year negotiation period.  

“That time period was some of the highest inflation we’ve seen,” Abercrombie continued.  

The Ministry of Education has said that if the offer is again rejected, the negotiation will continue with the facilitation from the Employment Relations Authority.  

A similar offer was made to primary educators, represented by NZEI Te Riu Roa. Their offer also included a lump-sum of $4500 and their agreement has also been shortened to a two-year term. Many primary schools were closed on Wednesday 31 May to discuss the new offer. 

Naomii Seah

Naomii Seah is a writer and journalist from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She enjoys crochet, painting, and a coffee or two at the beach. Her work can be found at The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, Stuff, and of course, School News NZ.
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Claire Hughes
Claire Hughes
11 months ago

“Many primary schools were closed on Wednesday 31 May to discuss the new offer.”

This should read instead – Primary Schools held a two hour Paid Union Meeting on Wednesday, 31st May starting at 1pm to discuss the offer. Many Primary Schools remained open during this time to support ākonga and whānau who were unable to collect their tamariki at 1pm when the PUM began.

yr 11 anon
yr 11 anon
11 months ago

these strikes are so annoying i have so many internals and they’re all delayed i hope the ministry gets their **** together so i can actually learn

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