Secondary School Teachers to Strike
Secondary teachers will go on strike next month after “running out of patience” with collective contract negotiations, their union’s president says.
Thousands of teachers will walk off the job in a national day of action on April 3.
At a Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) meeting in Rotorua on Saturday, president Jack Boyle said teachers hoped to receive “a realistic offer” from the Government before then. More talks are planned for March 7 and 8.
“If we don’t, we will use the day to publicly protest the lack of progress,” Boyle said.
“We have been negotiating with Government for a settlement to our collective agreement since August last year and our members are running out of patience.”
In November, PPTA members voted against the Ministry of Education’s second offer of a 9 per cent pay rise over three years.
Members authorised a one-day strike at that time, but were willing to call off the strike if they received a better offer.