The offer also corresponds to several of our other requests, including funding cultural leave for support staff participating in Te Matatini, an increase in car allowance, aligned with the rate payable to teachers and headteachers, the revision of the accommodation allowance to ensure that members receive their correct rights and the change of title of the Dirty Work Allowance to “Tiaki” allowance. “Additional resources will be made available to school boards to enable this significant increase. We will work closely with NZSTA to provide advice with information and assistance to ensure they understand the details of the new agreement. We are also working to solve other problems raised by the forces of thought and kairahi. These include the demand for pay equity for teachers, which is close to the billing phase. This is the First offer from the Ministry of Education since the expiry of the collective agreements of the coaching staff in July. “The ministry, NZEI Te Riu Roa and the New Zealand Board of Trustees Association (NZSTA) have worked hard to reach an agreement. We stand for low wages, and this is a step towards a more equitable wage and employment conditions for all New Zealanders that allow for a decent standard of living. A “week of action” followed last month. The action also followed more than three months of negotiations between the primary teachers` union NZEI and the Ministry of Education over the collective agreement of support staff, which the union described as “at a standstill”.
Kemplen says that while members will be happy to get an offer of a collective voting agreement, it will not change the need for a teaching assistant to negotiate a compensation plan as quickly as possible to repair the broken system that has historically undervalued their work. “I`m so proud of the way we all fought for this offer. We have written to MPs, campaigned in our schools, spoken to parents and attracted media attention. This tireless collective action was decisive,” she says. Support school employees to offer new collective agreements next week 30 November 2019Eve school support Employees who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa, will vote on a new offer of collective agreements from the Ministry of Education next week, which includes a new minimum wage of $21.15 per hour, the current minimum wage.