How teacher unions spend their union subs

If you’re a teacher and you want to know how your unions subs are used, then I’m happy to help. It is estimated, conservatively, that the NZEI yearly income at $20 million in subs from the members.

The cash is used to fund extremely poor adverts and international flights and accommodation.

These people have no shame. They are quite happy to put pictures online just to remind their comrades of the struggle for teachers’ rights and how important it is to travel abroad to continue this struggle.

So here are the NZEI, PPTA and TEU troughers in Cape Town last month:

The feature Paul Goulter (blue shirt), National Secretary of NZEI, who wrote to members apologising for handing over ECE postcards to Labour. They also feature prominently Sandra Grey from the Campaign for MMP. Nice to see that union movement is heavily backing MMP. I wonder why that is?

Here’s how this very important gathering is described:

The Congress provides an opportunity for representatives of all EI affiliates to meet and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between teachers and education workers throughout the world. Delegates consider the major contemporary issues affecting their organisations, the international teacher trade union movement, and the ongoing struggle to achieve quality public education for all.

I wonder if the ongoing struggle for quality public education touched on the one in five kids failing in NZ schools?

South Africa made a nice change from New York in March, where the NZEI and PPTA chose to stay at the rather nice New York Hilton while attending yet another conference, while their comrades in Christchurch were trying to put their schools and houses back together.

The NZEI then had the cheek to slag off Anne Tolley for not going on the trip.

NZEI – putting its members first? You decide.


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