Unions

What does the NZEI collective agreement say about protecting kids?

With kiddy fiddling teachers being all the rage in the media these days, and the absolute failure of schools and the Ministry of Education to address the issue of pedophiles in education, we decided to have a look at the Collective Agreement for Primary School Teachers, as negotiated between NZEI and the Ministry of Education.

Here are some general notes:

1. ‘Serious Misconduct’ is mentioned only in two chapters and less than five lines (the agreement is 97 pages). It is also never defined. The only serious treatment of it is in clause 10.6:

 Nothing in clauses 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 or 10.5 prevents instant dismissal without notice in the case of serious misconduct.

It is standard in almost every private sector contract to include a definition so as to avoid dispute. If this then is standard, who decided it should be left out? Who has what to hide and who benefits?

2. The Collective Agreement blurs the lines on reporting to the Teachers Council (now the Education Council).

Many complaints will be able to be resolved by discussion between the principal and the employee concerned without the need to take the matter any further.  This does not negate any statutory obligation to inform the New Zealand Teachers Council if applicable.  

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Labour should read this since they are talking about the Future of Work

Want to know why automation is replacing menial jobs?

Labour want to know…as they have their Ten Big bumper sticker slogans and attempt to find out why it is that automation is going to replace every job.

They should read the Wall Street Journal article about restaurant automation and wonder no more about why it is people are being replaced.

Consumer preferences, reduced technology costs and government policies that increase labor costs are driving a trend toward automation in the restaurant business. If you make something more convenient and less expensive, it tends to catch on.

As recently as the 1960s, gas-station employees would rush to fill your car’s tank, wash the windows, check the oil and put air in the tires. Telephone operators made your long-distance calls and bank tellers cashed your checks. Those jobs now are either gone or greatly diminished.

Today, we reduce jobs whenever we shop on Amazon instead of our local retail outlet, use an Uber app rather than calling a cab dispatcher, order a pizza online, use an airport kiosk to print boarding passes, or scan groceries. Each of these changes in behavior has increased convenience and reduced labor costs—and competitive businesses pass the savings to their customers.

In the restaurant business, the increasing impact of technology doesn’t mean that a robot will soon roll up to your table and say, “Hi, I’m Trudi4783. I’ll be your automated server today.” But technology can replace certain functions. Touch screens are already transforming the way food is ordered in many restaurants.

In late 2013, Chili’s and Applebee’s announced that they were installing more than 100,000 tableside tablets at their restaurants across the country, allowing customers to order and pay their bill without ever talking to a waiter. The companies were soon followed by Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera Bread, Olive Garden and dozens of others. This means fewer servers covering more tables. Quick-service restaurant chains are also testing touch-screen ordering.

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Jew-hating professor leaves Auckland Uni after outcry

Scott Poynting, the professor who hates Jews and whom we busted for his anti-semitism, will no longer be poisoning students at Auckland University.

A University of Auckland professor is to leave his job after an anti-Semitism row sparked by a letter to the Waikato Times.

Acclaimed hate crimes expert Professor Scott Poynting​ compared an Israeli company employing Palestinians to a German company employing Jews. The commentary rankled various groups, including the New Zealand Jewish Council and a fellow academic, who complained to the university, branding the professor’s letter to the editor as anti-Semitic.

University Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon addressed the complainants in a letter, which he detailed investigations had been undertaken. The institution had found Poynting not guilty of professional misconduct and it had been suggested to Poynting he should write a second letter to the editor of the Waikato Times clarifying he was not intending to make anti-Semitic remarks, McCutcheon said.

Poynting had refused to write a clarification, so McCutcheon apologised on behalf of the educational institution.

“… I do acknowledge that the way in which Scott Poynting expressed himself caused considerable distress to many members of the community. On behalf of the University of Auckland, I offer my own sincere apologies for that distress,” McCutcheon wrote.

However, the final line of McCutcheon’s letter saw the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU) wade into the debate.

“Professor Poynting’s employment with the University of Auckland concludes on 30 June 2016.”

It was important to note Poynting was retiring in June, as had always been the case, TEU organiser Enzo Giodani said.

The university, however, would not confirm the manner of his departure.

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The NZEI can no longer lie that they did not know…

Continuing on from my previous post, the NZ Herald has discovered that the NZEI did, in fact, know about child rapist Robert Burrett.

Robert Burrett’s spiral from principal to child rapist started when he triggered a mass exodus of pupils from a small town school, according to a new document uncovered by a Herald investigation.

During Burrett’s controversial two-year tenure as principal of Lake Rotoma School, near Rotorua, the school roll was cut by almost half, forcing the board to fire a teacher.

The roll dropped from 70 pupils to just 41, according to a 1993 report from the former board chair to the Ministry of Education.

The board report, released to the Herald under the Official Information Act, was only discovered by the ministry after the Herald asked it to check its records again on complaints against Burrett.

The document highlights how the Rotoma community, parents and teachers united to fight against Burrett before he was officially removed in 1992.

School teachers called in a union representative to help ease their tensions with the principal and at least 60 members of the Rotoma community signed a petition to force the board to sack Burrett amid allegations of poor teaching and incompetency.

The battle to force Burrett out of Rotoma put huge stress on the school, with three staff members resigning and morale “at an all time low,” the report written by former board chair Jenny Michie states.

“The board’s biggest concern at this time is the school roll, which as it stands will leave us in the unenviable position of having to drop a grade A teacher… Naturally, our two teachers [are] extremely worried about their future… as are we all,” according to the report.

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New school, costing $40m, opens – others decline. Unions apoplectic?

A new school, costing $40m, has opened causing pupils to decamp from other schools to attend the new one:

Fairfield Intermediate’s roll has declined by about 130, now Rototuna Junior High School’s open.

Until the the Year 7-10 school was opened this year, there was no other public option in Hamilton’s fast-growing northern suburbs.

The new school also hit Fairfield College’s roll, but to a lesser extent.

The 130-student roll change at Fairfield Intermediate wasn’t unexpected, principal Barry Roberts said.

“It’ll take a year or three for the number to grow back up. But we’re still here. It’s not majorly catastrophic,” he said.

“It’s students that haven’t come in [at Year 7], mostly.”    Read more »

It’s everyone else’s fault…except the NZEI

Normal transmission resumes from the Media party as they seek to cover up the complicity of the NZEI in covering up the activities of a convicted child rapist .

The Ministry of Education says it is not responsible for what a lawyer calls “massive systemic failures” that allowed a sex offender to stay in the education system for more than 30 years.

Robert Burrett, 64, last month admitted 21 charges, including the rape, sodomy, forced oral sex and indecent assault of a dozen schoolgirls, aged five to 12.

Some of them were disabled and one was wheelchair bound.

Burrett installed a lock and curtains in a caretaker shed at a Christchurch school to hide his offending, which took place over two years.

Cooper Legal senior associate Amanda Hill said the case included a string of “massive systemic failures”. Burrett’s victims were failed by teachers, principals, boards of trustees, the Education Council and ultimately the ministry.

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This is a disgrace and surely makes NZEI an accomplice to crimes!

We are finding out more and more information about child rapist Robert Selwyn Burrett…and, more importantly, who enabled him to commit his crimes against children.

Child rapist Robert Burrett was warned and placed under supervision because of complaints about his behaviour around children more than three decades ago.

Burrett was described as a hopeless teacher, but went on to hold several senior positions at schools across the upper North Island before surfacing in Christchurch as a caretaker and bus driver, where he lured young girls into an underground shed and raped and abused them.

Burrett was able to move from one school to another without any alarm bells being sounded over his past.

Stuff can reveal that concerns were raised about Burrett as far back as the early 1980s, when he taught at Auckland’s Howick Intermediate. Class photos show a sandy-haired man of about 30 with a moustache.

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$126,000 is “Modest and Affordable”?

Unions always choose the best time to bully a pay rise for their members. Take this example from Waiariki Institute of Technology:

More than 100 non-teaching staff at Waiariki Institute of Technology look set to strike during Orientation Week – one of the busiest times for administration staff.

About 130 of the institute’s allied staff – which includes non-academic staff such as human resources, administration, payroll and ground staff – voted unanimously at a stopwork meeting today to reject the bargaining position they say Waiariki has taken.

So, what is it they want?

TIASA chief executive Peter Joseph said the members were seeking a $900 (with a minimum of 1.3 per cent) flat rate increase to salaries and an extension of the collective agreement so that it also covered 10 union members who worked at Waiariki’s’s Holiday Park.

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A nice surprise: buses are off the road and the traffic is flowing better

via araflow.com

via araflow.com

Traffic on Auckland roads has been surprisingly light, much to the delight of commuters who anticipated a backlog due to 1100 bus drivers striking.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said traffic is no worse than it usually is, despite the 24-hour strike taking place from 4am this morning.

Drivers from the First and Tramways unions are set to take industrial action over an employment dispute with employers NZ Bus and Howick & Eastern – bringing traffic to a grinding halt.

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Looks like Nicholas Jones is the new stooge for teacher unions at the Herald

These kinds of pieces used to be the domain of Kirsty Johnston.  

It’s interesting how Kirsty and Nicholas have exactly the same style when writing about education and unions’ feedback on a certain situation.   

Incidentally, teacher aides are half glorified babysitters and half unarmed security guards.  

It’s a nice term for someone who basically protects the kids and school property as best they can, hopefully restraining the little sods enough to accidentally get some knowledge to stick before the weekend.

Teacher aides should be paid in the same way as teachers, an education union says, as new research shows they are among the worst-off occupations.

New research from Universities New Zealand analysed the earnings and qualifications of 2.15 million people, to show which qualifications provided the most financial benefit over a working life.

Medicine and law came out top, and the worst return was for people with certificates in “other education”, including teacher aides.   Read more »

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