First the nurses and now teachers as unions push for massive increases

The nurses look like they are set to strike and now primary school teachers are threatening action too as well after pay offers fail to meet their excessive demands: Quote:

New Zealand primary school teachers have ripped into a new Government pay offer, saying they are unimpressed by the proposal.

NZEI Te Riu Roa, which represents about 50,000 New Zealand principals, teachers and support staff, says the majority of teachers – 86 per cent – are being offered a pay rise ranging from about 2.2 per cent to 2.6 per cent a year for three years.

The Ministry of Education’s offer, it says, falls short of what is needed. The union says educators are concerned improving pay for new employees will not fix a growing teacher shortage.

NZEI lead negotiator Liam Rutherford said the ministry’s offer was far from the 16 per cent over two years the union’s members believed was necessary to address recruitment and retention problems, which grew during the previous Government’s tenure. End quote.

As usual teachers want pay increases that bear no reflection on productivity.  Quote:

Workload issues and a request to fund a co-ordinator to assist children with additional needs had also been ignored, he said.

“It is now up to members to decide whether to accept the offer or reject it and determine the next steps,” Rutherford said.

The ministry offered rises averaging 4.3 per cent to 4.7 per cent per year for three years to teachers in their first three years employed.

About 14 per cent of teachers have taught for less than four years.

Under the offer, first-year teachers would go from $49,588 a year to $56,638 in the 24 months after the agreement was signed.

NZEI New Educator Network’s Steph​ Lamborn said new teachers were unimpressed by the offer.

“They see it as a short-term fix for a handful of the newest teachers,” she said.

“Teaching needs to be a viable long-term career.” End quote.

It is a long term career, with massive holidays and basically half days, with almost no possibility of getting fired for being a dud teacher, unless you root the kids or steal from the school.

The government has got a massive problem, they’ve no money in the kitty and massive unproductive state sector union demands.

Watching them deal with this is going to be hilarious.


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