Will this be Hekia Parata’s Waterloo?

NZEI area field officer Louise Simmons at a November '12 meeting  - Hawkes Bay Today

NZEI area field officer Louise Simmons at a November ’12 meeting – Hawkes Bay Today

Primary teachers had a paid stop work meeting yesterday.  This seems to be the result

Waikato primary teachers have voted to support strike action if the Government refuses to budge on negotiations over their collective agreement.

More than 800 teachers attended a paid union meeting at the Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton yesterday, expecting fresh news about the negotiations.

“Don’t look forward to much,” New Zealand Educational Institute executive officer Jane Porter warned.

“I’d like to be here telling you that we’ve made progress. But what I’m really here to tell you . . . is that we have made no progress.”

The union has had six meetings with the Ministry of Education since November last year, and nothing has been achieved, Ms Porter said.

Teachers voted 829 for, 41 against to support further negotiations and potential strike action if no progress was made at the next two meetings with the Ministry next month.

“We’re at the stage where it’s very clear that what we can do across the table needs to be backed up by members showing that they care.”

NZEI Waikato representative Michelle Ryan said they were “looking at potential strike action in term two” of this year.

We’ve seen that Parata isn’t the “skillful negotiation type”, preferring to get through on arrogance, bluster and placing the blame with other people.  It will be fascinating to see how this develops.


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