Teach­ers vote for term on strike

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Dean Tay­lor

Sec­ondary teach­ers around New Zealand have been meet­ing to dis­cuss the Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to teacher short­ages, as well as other mat­ters re­lat­ing to pay and con­di­tions.

Last week the round of Paid Union Meet­ings came to Taupo¯, with more than 200 teach­ers from the Cen­tral Plateau re­gion meet­ing at the Cos­mopoli­tan Club. In to­tal more than 17,000 sec­ondary teach­ers were con­sid­er­ing an of­fer from the Gov­ern­ment to set­tle their col­lec­tive agree­ment. Last Fri­day, they re­jected the Gov­ern­ment’s sec­ond pay of­fer, and voted to strike in term one.

“The of­fer comes at a time when short­ages of teach­ers in class­room are im­pact­ing the fu­ture of our young peo­ple,” says Cen­tral Plateau Post Pri­mary Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PPTA) re­gional chair­woman Is­abel Rangi­wananga.

“We be­lieve the Gov­ern­ment needs to present an of­fer that will make a ca­reer in teach­ing an at­trac­tive op­tion.

“Ev­i­dence from overseas stud­ies shows that teacher short­ages will never be ad­dressed if pay and con­di­tions for the pro­fes­sion aren’t at­trac­tive.”

Cen­tral Plateau PPTA na­tional ex­ec­u­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glen Cas­sidy ad­dressed the meet­ing.

His mes­sage was that teach­ers teach be­cause they want to bring out the best in our kids and be­cause they play a crit­i­cal role in mak­ing New Zealand a bet­ter place for to live and grow.

Amongst the neg­a­tives in teach­ing, he said there was the un­prece­dented short­ages of teach­ers, burnout due to high work­loads, not enough sup­port for stu­dents who need ex­tra help and too much bu­reau­cracy and not enough time with stu­dents.

“A decade of ne­glect is tak­ing its toll on all of us — and our young peo­ple’s ed­u­ca­tion is suf­fer­ing.”

He said it was the Gov­ern­ment’s role to fix this cri­sis and that would mean pay and con­di­tions that al­low teach­ers to bring out the best in ev­ery child.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Cen­tral Plateau PPTA na­tional ex­ec­u­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glen Cas­sidy ad­dressed mem­bers on of­fers and rec­om­men­da­tions.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

More than 200 Cen­tral Plateau sec­ondary school teach­ers at­tended a paid union meet­ing at the Taupo¯ Cos­mopoli­tan Club last week to con­sider their col­lec­tive agree­ment of­fer and pos­si­ble fu­ture ac­tions.

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