Support staff are making a difference ... and now they're making history
For too long, the crucial work of school staff has been undervalued and insecure from one term to the next. This year is different.
Teacher aides have set a date to start negotiating a pay equity settlement with the Ministry of Education.
A Government-funded settlement that finally sees Teacher Aides fairly paid for their skills and responsibilities will be life-changing for this mostly female workforce that works with our most vulnerable learners.
If you're a teacher aide, we need your input and for you to join your colleagues in applying pressure to get fair pay delivered by the end of 2019. Click here to be involved.
As we head into negotiations, it is vital we do what we can to grow our membership so we are in the strongest possible position for these negotiations. If you're support staff you can join us so we're all stronger together!
Teacher aides are paving the way for other support staff groups - you're next!
This pay equity campaign is just as relevant for administrators, kaiārahi i te reo, science techs, co-ordinators and all other support staff.
We've been working with the Ministry to establish terms of reference for pay equity processes for both administrators and kaiārahi members.
We've been taking what we have learnt during the teacher aide process to make these ones more streamlined, as our aim is always to win pay equity outcomes as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
This work will also be helpful when we move to the process for librarians, science techs and co-ordinators.
At the same time as the pay equity process happening, our Support Staff in Schools and Kaiārahi i te Reo collective agreement was settled.
Support staff received their first offer on 29 November 2019 and on 10 December 2019 voted to ratify a settlement to their collective agreement negotiations.
This settlement sees the Living Wage Rate of $21.15 as the base rate of all support staff and kaiārahi members currently earning less than this rate. All members earning at or above $21.15 receive an increase of 3% on printed rates.
It also includes a professional learning and development fund of $500,000 a year from 1 July 2020, a commitment to immediate work on the administration and kaiārahi i te Reo pay equity claims, funding for cultural leave, an increase in the motor vehicle allowance to align with teachers and principals, a revision to the overnight allowance and renaming the dirty work allowance the "tiaki" allowance.
After meeting with the Ministry on 29 November, members of the Support Staff in Schools and Kaiārahi i Te Reo collective agreements received their first offer. Members voted to accept their collective agreement offer on 10 December 2019.
Click here for details of the settlement, a breakdown of our collective agreement claims and frequently asked questions.
It’s time for support staff to build their collective power to make a real difference to their pay and working conditions. Sign on to make a difference and show your support.
We need the government to listen to us, understand what we're saying, and take the bold action needed to address our claims for fair pay and fair work.
Use this tool to help you craft a message to send to your local MP using key messaging about your collective agreement negotiations.
Use these resources to help you have discussions in your schools and communities about what it is we want as support staff.
Download the posters to display, change your Facebook profile picture and get active by signing our open letter and getting in touch with your local MPs.
School administrators keep our schools running smoothly, day in and day out.
We're kicking off our pay equity claim for school administration staff—first of all, by finding out exactly what it is that these staff do. We'll use this information as part of the claim to help understand the value that you bring to your workplace.
We asked the community to tell us why it's so important that support staff are valued. We asked for 101 reasons why - and we got dozens more than that.