16 July 2019
Teachers will have to wait until 11 September for pay increases won as part of their collective agreement negotiations
settled in June, according to an update sent to schools today from Novopay.
NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says the long wait for pay increases to take effect is completely
unacceptable and the union is seeking legal advice.
"Teachers fought for more than a year to get their new collective agreement. It's entirely unacceptable that they now
have to wait another ten weeks to see pay increases in their bank accounts," he says.
"The Ministry didn't have trouble quickly docking teachers' pay when they took strike action, so it's a bit rich for
them to now say it'll take this long to make changes to teachers' pay," says Mr Goulter.
"Teachers are really unhappy with this delay and it's tainted any trust and goodwill that the Ministry might have gained
with the settlement," he said.
The pay increases in the agreement take effect from 1 July, and usually payroll changes take a small amount of time to
implement. A delay of this length is unprecedented. Teachers will be back paid to 1 July when the changes are made.
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.