Teacher unions rear up against Government’s latest bulk funding plan

The members of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA have delivered a resounding rejection of the Government’s latest funding proposal, with more than 99% voting against it in meetings around the country, and calling for further action.

Teachers and support staff believe the “global funding” proposal is effectively a return to the failed bulk funding experiment of the 1990s and could result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes, to the detriment of children’s education.

Most kindergartens, primary and secondary schools were represented at the meetings.

There were three parts to the vote:

1. That this meeting rejects the Global Budget bulk funding model because it undermines the equity and quality of our education system. 99 percent vote in favour

2. That this meeting call on the government to instruct the ministry to work collaboratively with the sector to develop a funding system that recognises the real costs of delivering an equitable quality education to all learners. 99 percent vote in favour

3. That the unions continue to work together with their communities to campaign for better funding for education. 99 percent vote in favour

At a media conference at Wellington’s Clyde Quay School this morning, NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green and PPTA President Angela Roberts confirmed a member mandate to take further action against global funding.

“This funding proposal has created unprecedented concern – and unity – across the education sector. Educators see no benefits but great risks to education if global funding is to go ahead,” said Ms Green.

Ms Roberts said the Government should take bulk funding off the table and instead engage with the sector over better ways to address inequity and chronic under-funding of the system.

More money for everyone.  The socialist way.  The useless, tired, cynical, old and perverse are to be paid exactly the same as the energised, motivated, skilled and effective teachers.

Teacher unions protect mediocrity and failure and hold back creativity and success.

The collective damage they have done to society is simply incalculable.


  • Rupert

    What really gets me about this is that the bulk funding idea – which was only ever an idea to be debated is being disregarded, according to this article


    “A funding proposal that has been criticised by unions as “bulk funding” has been rejected by an advisory group set up by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

    The “global budget” proposal is the only one of seven funding ideas to be rejected by the 18-member group, which includes principal associations and the major unions.

    The thumbs down does not mean the idea is dead in the water – Parata will eventually take the group’s feedback along with any recommendations to Cabinet.

    However, she this afternoon indicated the proposal would not proceed.”

    • Sailor Sam

      Yes I saw that last week as well, but obviously the unions don’t read MSM either.
      Interestingly, my daughter is a teacher and went to one of the stopwork meetings last week, after the above announcement was made, but made no mention of it.
      A few days before that meeting she was talking to me about fellow teachers.
      She reckons that there are 2 types of teachers, those like her who go and do the extra mile and then those who just do the minimum.
      As I don’t want to create an unnecessary argument, I haven’t asked her about performance pay.

    • jaundiced

      It is irksome that ideas are shut down rather than debated.
      Its the same response by people who label you ‘racist’, ‘bigoted’ etc for having a certain point of view. It stops debate in its tracks.

  • Des

    Yes. A cynic would suggest that the outcry over the Maths exam the other day is proof that our teachers are not providing the right outcomes. Call me a cynic.

  • jaundiced

    The fact that 99% of teachers are in agreement with something makes me wonder what is really being reflected here. Teachers are reasonably intelligent, some of them. Among that population you’d expect at least some evidence of independent thinking. Surely.

    • rustyjohn58

      Its not compulsory to join a union and I assume this applies to teachers so a fair number of the better thinking ones wont be in the union so of course don’t get a vote.

      • Seriously?

        It’s not compulsory no, but it must be uncomfortable of your the scab in the common room (as Little might put it) at morning tea.

        I think a good number would join, even if they don’t agree with the unions actions.

      • metalnwood

        I heard someone on the radio, a teacher, who was not in the union have a guess that the ratio was 60%/40% of teachers in the union vs. not

        • spitballing

          There are some schools where 99% of teachers AREN’T in the teacher union. Would love to see some genuine analysis of this (e.g. union size/teacher population = a pretty simple Year 11 math question) and the cessation of referring to 99% NZEI votes as 99% of teachers.

  • BigNose

    This is akin to petrol pump attendants deciding the price of gas. None of their damn business, they should just get back to their jobs.

    • Seriously?

      More like petrol pump attendants deciding a ratio of attendant per pump, and their duties hours and pay rates, that the owners of all gas stations should be forced to hire.

  • Brian_Smaller

    Whenever I see 99% support for something I usually think of a North Korean presidential election. I would bet money on the fact that in reality 99% of teachers do not oppose bulk funding.

  • Second time around

    It is good to know that the democratic unions have voted in bloc against a proposal that is still being drafted by the democratically elected government. Questions 2 and 3 are no brainer “yes” votes anyway, and if there is no firm proposal as yet, question 1 is more political interference by the union rather than a real issue in education. There is a reason why teachers get such low salaries after 4, 5 or more years of tertiary study.

  • Graeme

    Not unexpected. They are against everything thst the Govt proposes.if they were to get $200,000 pa the teacers union would reject that too. They would think of some excuse

  • oldmanNZ

    Teachers can strike as long as they like…. As kids will find that they can learn more online and pass the year11 math test with ease.

    They setting there own uselessness.

  • shykiwibloke

    Time to update an old cliche. Instead of “the crowd acted like sheep” how about “the crowd acted like a teachers union”

  • Mick Ie

    Unions ‘protect mediocrity and failure’:
    Andrew Little as case in point.

  • “Teachers reject latest plan” I did not see that coming.

  • Ruahine

    Are we talking as a result of a secret ballot from all of the membership or the usual show of hands with the Union Bullies looking on?

    • BG

      Remember those votes well, as well as watching those who vote against be man handled out of the meetings.

  • CheesyEarWax

    “undermines the equity and quality of our education system.”

    Thanks for your opinion, but where are the facts to back up your statement?
    If you don’t mind let us parents be the judge of the quality and “equity” of our education system and please don’t make up our minds for us.

  • sandalwood789

    A PM with “a pair” would deregister the teacher unions and hugely-increase the number of charter schools.
    There has *got* to be a fight-to-the-death stoush with the unions some time. The sooner it happens, the better. ( We’ve already had it on the waterfront back in the ’80s ).