Teachers’ strikes starting on Monday
Primary teachers will go ahead with rolling regional strikes next week after teachers rejected the latest Government pay offer worth $700 million over three years.
The NZ Educational Institute (NZEI) said facilitation under the Employment Relations Authority ended on Thursday and the strike meetings will consider new offers from the ministry and recommendations from the facilitator.
Striking primary principals and teachers will be rallying on more than 100 street corners in Auckland at 7.30am on Monday, and having mass meetings to consider the current situation later that day.
The ministry made a new offer to teachers on Thursday, but did not move on its earlier offer to raise pay scales by 3 per cent a year for three years.
Its latest offer included a new top step and the partial removal of a cap on qualifications for some teachers from 2020.
NZEI president Lynda Stuart said the offers did not address union claims for lower class sizes and more professional time.
“The question is: will this address the crisis in education and the teacher shortage? What we asked for had children at the heart Key elements of new offer for teachers
■ 3 per cent per year over a three year term (unchanged).
■ No increase in classroom release time (unchanged).
■ A new top pay step for teachers with degrees plus professional teaching qualifications from 2020.
■ Removal of the qualifications cap on progression for teachers without degrees from 2020.
■ A $500 lump sum for NZEI members only.
being held during the strikes.
“The strike action still stands as the offer is not substantially different enough to give us the mandate to revoke the strike notice. We will give members the opportunity to consider the offer, any recommendations from the ERA, and next steps.”
Strikes will take place in Auckland on Monday, the rest of the North Island (except Wellington) on Tuesday, Christchurch on Wednesday, the rest of the South Island on Thursday, and Wellington on Friday.
Secretary of Education Iona Holsted said the ministry’s offer would give teachers $698 million over three years — $129m more than the previous offer.
“Most teachers would get between $9500 and $11,000 extra annually in their pay packets by 2020,” she said.
“The offer also provides for additional progression on the pay scale.
“Our offer took into account the large investment being made by the Government into learning support, including the recent announcement of $217m for 600 new learning support c-oordinator roles, which the NZEI has asked for as part of easing teacher workload and helping parents and children.
“We expected the NZEI Executive would have waited for the recommendations of the facilitator and given its members an opportunity to properly consider our new pay offer before deciding to go ahead with strikes.
Recommendations from the Employment Relations Authority were to be available by late yesterday.
“Settling pay negotiations with the NZEI is important and we have done all we can to reach agreement. We know strike action is disruptive for children’s learning and for parents.” A serial sexual deviant who has preyed on women and children for three decades was yesterday sentenced to preventive detention.
The 52-year-old Canterbury man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of raping a woman on a weekly basis over six months in 2012.
He was earlier found guilty by a jury in the High Court at Christchurch on two representative charges of rape and one representative charge of unlawful sexual connection against the woman.
She has been left suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and panic attacks.
“You took away my dignity. This will haunt me for the rest of my life,” said the woman, who has name suppression.
Yesterday, the Crown pushed for a sentence of preventive detention, arguing it was necessary to protect the community.
Crown prosecutor Mitchell McClenaghan said the man has been offending sexually for more than 30 years
He had shown “no real remorse” or understanding of consent. His first conviction for sexual offending was in 1989 and he has previous history for child sex offences against boys and girls.
His pattern of offending shows he forms intimate relationships before preying on their vulnerability and sexually offending against them, the court heard.
McClenaghan noted that the only group he hasn’t preyed against is adult males.
The man, who had been abused as a child, is assessed as being a medium-to-high risk reoffender, with the court hearing he is “strongly driven by sexual deviancy”.
Justice Cameron Mander concluded the man was eligible for a sentence of preventive detention, highlighting the man’s continued denials and lack of insight.
The judge said a sentence of preventive detention would mean he is not released until there is at least a degree of confidence the community would not be at risk.
The man was sentenced to preventive detention with a minimum period of seven years’ imprisonment.
NZEI national president Lynda Stuart has confirmed that primary teachers will strike again next week.