NZEI Te Riu Roa consulting with members on facilitation
15 May 2019
NZEI Te Riu Roa primary principal and teacher members are being urgently consulted on whether their negotiating teams
should return to facilitation with the Ministry of Education through the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).
The Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted, requested that NZEI and the Ministry make a joint application to the ERA,
however NZEI says its members need to be consulted on such a decision and therefore the union won't be in a position to
respond to the Ministry's request until members have had their say this week.
The Secretary has since advised NZEI that the Ministry will not wait for member consultation to be completed and will
instead file a memorandum with the ERA today (Wednesday).
NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary, Paul Goulter, says he's disappointed with the Secretary's move and says members have
a right to help make such important decisions.
"Members have made every decision in this campaign; it's a fundamental principle of how we operate as a union. The
Secretary of Education is riding roughshod over that by going directly to the Employment Relations Authority before
members have had their say."
"If there's an improved offer she wants to urgently make , I suggest she just pick up the phone."
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.