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Our claims are joint claims developed through collaboration between NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua members. They are focussed on ensuring that the teaching profession is valued and recognised, and that the two major issues of teacher supply and workload are addressed.

Equity

As Area School Teachers we have close connections across all year levels of our school. We can see the challenges that inequity between teachers of different year levels cause and many of us use informal arrangements to try and address these inequities where we can. These claims are to formally address the inequity within our schools, and also between our collective agreement and the secondary and primary collective agreements.

wdt_ID KAUPAPA/ISSUES CLAIM
1 EQUITY
2 Members have said that there should not be any differences between groups of teachers and the sector, we want equity. Alignment of the expiry dates of the Area School, Primary and Secondary Collective Agreements.
3 To catch up with secondary teacher colleagues to address the salary lost over the last 10 years. Increasing non-contact of year 1-6 teachers to 5 hours per week.
4 Introduce a mechanism to recognise the responsibility of teachers in small schools.
5 Recognition of the value they add for being union members. Introduction of Senior Management Allowances.
6 A 1% bargaining fee payable by non-members of the PPTA Te Wehengarua or NZEI Te Riu Roa.
7 RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
8 There are some issues with relativity and limited recognition for teachers with specialist skills and expertise. Both these factors are contributing to the teacher shortage crisis. Payment of the Teaching Council practising certificate fees by the Secretary for Education to continue as an on-going permanent provision.
9 An increase in the value of unit payments to $6000.
10 An increase in the number of units that are allocated to Area Schools.