When is a Union not a Union?

When they state in a press release about settling a pay round they state that they are pleased a settlement has been reached because:

“PPTA will now be able to focus its energies on fighting the government’s agenda of undermining the New Zealand’s public education system.”

So they won’t be campaigning for better teachers or teaching, or wanting to sort out the proliferation of dodgy teachers appearing in court for interfering with kids…not they want to devote their time to but fighting the Government.

I think we all know that the PPTA are part of the problem not part of the solution.

The PPTA should be deregistered as a union, they have become a political lobbying organisation.


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  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    It is best to ignore PPTA and get on with life. Hopefully Emperor kicks out Parata from the education portfolio and put some tough cookie in there. Now what disappoints me the most is nobody has blamed John Key for Telecom’s internet problem this morning. Come on media, it has to be John Key……

  • blokeintakapuna

    Shame Auntie didn’t bring back the sedition laws – there’s a real need for it at the PPTA

    • thor42

      Agreed. Bunch of seditious bastards, the whole lot of them. Their whole reason for existence is to undermine the government.

  • Goldie

    Judith Collins for Minister of Education.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Agreed Goldie. She will “crush” the PPTA

  • Allyson

    Labour Party take on education policy is to allow Trade Union educationalists do whatever they want. How else can you explain their positioning of such losers as Moroney and Mahuta as spokespeople. Labor party are now way too compromised by union nasties to ever be allowed into power. You are right Cameron, you will never hear this mob campaign for better teaching, better teachers or even a better education system. Its all about maintenance of position. Their attitude make me sick.

  • tarkwin

    If any of my staff had a problem following instructions they wouldn’t have a job. Surely the statement above would preclude the PPTA from having anything to do with the education system?

  • Allyson

    I notice the Auckland Kindergarten Assoc is being frogmarched by the ministry into the 21st century. They are being forced to provide more hours and greater flexibility, just what parents need. This is a win/win as State kindies are forced to provide similar level of service as do private centres. The previous model suited NZ in the 60’s or 70’s, when there was a stay home Mum. Auckland rents too high for that stuff these days, and it is an absolute disgrace that it take so long to get this change done. Congrats and thank you to the Ministry.

    These changes would not have been made with a Labor govt with their relationship to State Sector Unions.

  • GregM

    I think it is about time some employment contracts had a real good looking at. Name one private sector employee that would get away with publicly stating they are not going to do what their employer has lawfully asked them to do.
    Enough already, time for some very public dismissals.