June 14, 2019
Teacher deal sweetened with pay parity
Area schools and kura reo have been included in revised offer to break the teacher pay dispute.
Teacher unions are recommending the offers be ratified at meetings to be held over the next week.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the revised offers were developed at a forum held last week between the teacher unions, the Ministry of Education and the Minister.
He says all sides were pragmatic in working out a revised deal that takes a longer term view that’s in the best interests of teachers, students and their families.
The term of the agreement was extended to 2022.
A key element of the revised deal is the introduction of a unified base salary scale for primary, secondary and area school teachers that will restore pay parity for primary with secondary teachers.
That means a one-off cash injection of $271 to restore pay parity for primary teachers, which was eroded under National.
Mr Hipkins says the Government had intended to fix pay parity over the longer term, but it became a bigger issue in the negotiations.
Complaints about pressure on teachers will be addressed through an accord to identify and address workload and wider education issues.
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