13 Apr Teacher Aide Collective Agreement
Education aids have achieved pay equity! Auckland`s teaching advisor, Ally Kemplen, who is on the negotiating team for NZEI`s Te Riu Roa support team, says the offer is a step forward and is the result of a support staff in Aotearoa who stand up and fight hard to get their work evaluated fairly. It also includes a professional learning and development fund of USD 500,000 per year from 1 July 2020, an immediate work obligation on administration and kairahi, funding for cultural leave, an increase in the car allowance to align with teachers and headteachers, a revision of the allowance for overnight stays and a change in the allowance for dirty work in “Tiaki”. State-funded regulation, which pays teachers based on their skills and responsibilities, will change the lives of these predominantly female staff who work with our weakest learners. Support school employees to offer new collective agreements next week 30 November 2019Eve school support Employees who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa, will vote on a new offer of collective agreements from the Ministry of Education next week, which includes a new minimum wage of $21.15 per hour, the current minimum wage. “Additional resources will be made available to school boards to enable this significant increase. We will work closely with NZSTA to provide advice with information and assistance to ensure they understand the details of the new agreement. We are also working to solve other problems raised by the forces of thought and kairahi. These include the demand for pay equity for teachers, which is close to the billing phase. The offer also corresponds to several of our other requests, including funding cultural leave for support staff participating in Te Matatini, an increase in car allowance, aligned with the rate payable to teachers and headteachers, the revision of the accommodation allowance to ensure that members receive their correct rights and the change of title of the Dirty Work Allowance to “Tiaki” allowance. “I`m so proud of the way we all fought for this offer.
We have written to MPs, campaigned in our schools, spoken to parents and attracted media attention. This tireless collective action was decisive,” she says. Employees who currently earn $21.15 an hour also benefit from a 3% increase in their wages,” says Holsted. An additional 3% will follow 12 months later for all school officials as part of this agreement. This is the First offer from the Ministry of Education since the expiry of the collective agreements of the coaching staff in July. Click here for more details on billing, a breakdown of our rate claims and frequently asked questions. In addition, starting July 1, 2020, the ministry proposed a $500,000-a-year learning and professional development fund to fund a pilot fund to support teacher learning and development. Currently, assistants in the lower four levels of the pay scale receive the minimum wage of 17.70 $US per hour and ninety percent of teacher facilitators are paid below the minimum wage NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leader and for quality public education. We are the 50,000 school leaders, teachers and facilitators who work in primary, departmental and secondary schools, as well as in early childhood centres, special education and school guidance.