Settlement for primary teachers
After historic joint strike action across primary, secondary and area schools on 29 May, the Minister of Education intervened in our dispute and called a conference with the leadership of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA.
Following that meeting, settlements and an accord between the three parties were developed. See the key points below.
This shift followed 18 months of tireless campaigning by members and a long period of deadlock.
National Executive recommended the proposed settlements because, although they didn't give us everything we asked for, they represented a significant improvement and a framework for further work.
Ultimately though, the decision was entirely up to members, and while primary teachers voted overwhelmingly to accept their settlement, primary principals voted strongly to reject theirs. Primary principals received a following offer which gave them pay parity with their secondary colleagues which they then voted to accept.
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What's in the settlement for primary teachers?
Pay parity is restored
A new top step of $90,000
Larger pay increases
Primary teacher pay increase calculator
Enter your pay step at 1 July 2019 and qualification group below to see what your new base salary is after 1 July 2021.
Note that this takes into account the pay scale changes and normal step progression.
Reading the new pay scale
The pay calculator above will tell you your base salary after 1 July 2021. The colour-coded pay scale below shows you how you will progress up the scale over the next two years.
Find your current step, then follow its colour to show your step movements.
Note: because the settlement changes from a 12 step scale by condensing the bottom 3 steps, the step names change but the base salaries increase.
e.g. A teacher currently on step 8 Q1 max ($59,621) would be on the new step 6 as of 1 July 2019 ($62,000) and would progress to new step 7 ($68,000) in July 2020 and new step 8 ($75,190) in July 2021.
Also note: Q3 teachers on step 11 would progress to the new Q3 max step 10 ($85,490) in July 2021, but Q3+, Q4 and Q5 teachers currently on step 11 will progress to the new top step 11 ($90,000) in July 2021.
Understanding the pay scale movement in July 2020
The value of all steps increased on July 1 2020. All primary teachers should have received a pay increase by now. Teachers who have not yet reached the maximum step for their qualification group will remain on the step they were on immediately prior to July 1 and move up a step at their next pay progression anniversary.
Teachers who have been on the maximum step for their qualification group for at least 12 months as at July 1 2020 will be entitled to move to the next step up the pay scale towards the new maximum step for their qualifications groups. If you are in this category, July 1 will become your new anniversary date for pay progression. Teachers in this category will continue to move up one step each year on this date until they reach their new maximum step.
Teachers who have not yet reached their maximum step will continue to move up a step annually on their usual salary progression anniversary date until they reach the maximum step for their salary group.
A $1,500 one-off payment and advantage for union members
Lifting of Q caps
Along with the unified pay scale, as with the previous offer the settlement will see a lifting of qualification caps from 1 July 2020, opening up a far greater progression pathway.
A moratorium on new Communities of Learning
We’re also pleased that following our talks, the Government has announced a moratorium on new Communities of Learning.
The settlement does not contain anything new for learning support. The Government previously announced 614 FTTE additional learning support coordinators.