March 10, 2023
Primary teachers vote to strike
Around 30,000 primary, kindergarten and area school kaiako and tumuaki nationally have voted to strike next Thursday.
NZEI Te Riu Roa vice president Ripeka Lessels says while improved pay is a fundamental issue, teachers are also concerned about staffing levels and resourcing.
Primary schools are resourced at least 30 percent lower than secondary schools.
“What other profession requires a teacher to be a doctor, a nurse, a kaitiaki, a taxi driver, a caregiver outside, a kaihoko kai, all those other things our teachers have to be as well as being an educator,” she says.
Individual school boards will decide whether the school closes for the day or stays open with non-union staff and relief teachers.