Now teacher aides

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Teacher aides and other school sup­port staff be­gan two weeks of more than 200 na­tion­wide paid union meet­ings yes­ter­day to discuss plans for col­lec­tive agree­ment ne­go­ti­a­tions, with pay eq­uity set­tle­ments high on the agenda. NZEI Te Riu Roa pres­i­dent Lynda Stu­art said mem­bers were de­ter­mined to fi­nally see a gen­uine im­prove­ment to pay, con­di­tions and job se­cu­rity. “Sup­port staff are the glue that hold our schools to­gether. Quality teach­ing and learn­ing can’t hap­pen with­out them, and they are long over­due im­proved pay and con­di­tions that recog­nise their skills and their value to our stu­dents,” she said. Is­sues included pay in­creases, al­lowances and study leave.

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