One of the outcomes of collective agreement bargaining in 2019 was the establishment of the Accord, a forum to discuss and identify shared interests of three parties, NZEI Te Riu Roa, PPTA and the Ministry of Education.  There were some agreed areas of discussion, but each party was also able to raise issues and points for consideration. 

A key focus for the Accord was to discuss the unified pay scale and any other matter relating to bargaining. This report card summarises some of the key issues discussed in the Accord.  What is clear from this summary is that if we want to achieve significant change we are going to have to campaign strongly so that the Government and the Ministry realise that they must address our issues

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Discussion Issue Agreement Reached? Comment
The unified pay scale is important for addressing teacher recruitment and retention. Not all parties agreed this was an important issue
The unified pay scale must be inclusive of unit availability and value While not outrightly opposed not all parties had a specific position supporting the NZEI Te Riu Roa view
Removal of the requirement for annual attestation against the professional standards in the collective agreement* This is a new idea that members will have the option to feedback on during the upcoming paid union meetings
Teachers should be able to move between sectors with ease. This indicates that the unified pay scale is important. We will still need to negotiate pay increases and for NZEI Te Riu Roa this means we need pay parity across the base scale, units and allowances.
Recognition of skills and expertise outside of the current academic qualifications framework. This creates opportunities for future changes to recognise things such as tohu matauranga.
Recruitment and retention of te reo Māori speakers. We have collective agreement claims to better support te reo Māori. We have also identified the importance of campaigning for increased staffing to support this.
We need to further develop ideas for supporting pastoral care. We have claims to support wellbeing.
The unions want terms and conditions that respond to the needs of the sector The Ministry did not agree that this is a shared interest. This shows why it is important that we campaign to get the outcomes that we need.
Negotiating to agree terms and conditions for learning support co-ordinators. We have claims related to learning support and members have committed to campaigning for big improvements in staffing and resourcing for learning support.
Addressing the inequities created in the implementation of the first tranche of LSC. Members have indicated that they are committed to campaigning to address this.
Collective agreement settlements should include member only benefits to recognise the contribution of union members. Both union support this. We have a claim reflecting this.
= Agreed = Partially Agreed = Not Agreed

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