NZEI and Ministry head to Employment Relations Authority over teacher negotiations
2 November 2018
Primary teachers' union NZEI TE Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education are set to begin facilitation on Monday, 5
November at 10.30am, in an attempt to make progress on collective agreement negotiations for primary teachers and
Facilitation will be conducted by the Chief of the Employment Relations Authority, James Crichton at 50 Customhouse
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart will be arriving at the ERA at 10.15am and will be available to speak with media
prior to facilitation starting.
Facilitation is expected to continue through the week.
The Authority is able to make non-binding recommendations to the parties and NZEI will present any recommendations to
members for consideration.
The joint application from the two parties was accepted on 26 October, with the Authority finding there were multiple
grounds for accepting the application: bargaining has been protracted, further strike action is planned, and that the
strike action would likely have a substantial effect on the public interest.
Nationwide regional rolling strikes starting in the week of 12 November are still scheduled to proceed.
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.