17 August 2011
Kindergarten teachers to discuss stalled pay talks
Kindergarten teachers across the country will be attending paid union meetings over the next two weeks to discuss their
stalled pay negotiations.
They have been in negotiations for more than six months and the key sticking point is around professional release time.
Their union NZEI Te Riu Roa says the Ministry of Education and kindergarten employers are trying to take away two hours
of non-contact release time for teachers in sessional kindergartens.
NZEI spokesperson and lead negotiator Hayley Whitaker says that release time is essential in supporting teaching and
learning and in the day-to-day management of kindergartens.
“Teachers use their release time in a variety of valuable ways such as planning, record-keeping, administration, parent
follow-ups, liaising with special education staff or other agencies, managing rolls, and displaying children’s learning.
It is time which has a direct impact on meeting the needs of our children and families and it is time we cannot afford
to lose,” she says.
Kindergarten teachers will be filling in professional time registers at the paid union meetings to send into the
Minister of Education to highlight the sort of essential work that gets done during two hours of non-contact time.
The paid union meetings are being held this week through until 29 August in regions around the country.
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.