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Proposed settlements for primary teachers and principals

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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, proposed settlements and an accord between the three parties were developed. See the key points below.

This shift follows 18 months of tireless campaigning by members and a period of deadlock over recent months.

Primary teacher and principal members should read the proposed settlement and the accord and discuss the detail with colleagues before voting.

National Executive is recommending the proposed settlement because although it doesn't give us everything we asked for, it represents a significant improvement and a framework for further work.

Ultimately though, the decision is entirely up to members.

What's in the proposed settlement for primary teachers?

Pay parity is restored

The proposed settlement contains a new, unified pay scale that restores pay parity across the state schooling sector.
This means a teacher with the same experience, qualifications and responsibilities will be paid the same no matter which part of the sector they teach in.
It was fundamental that this was restored and we are glad the Government has agreed. The Government has also agreed to jointly negotiate the unified pay scale with both us and PPTA whenever our agreements expire. This will mean parity for our teachers is maintained long term.

A new top step of $90,000

There will also be a new top salary step of $90,000 which will be accessible by Q3+, Q4, and Q5 teachers. This is a new, unified top step across the state schooling sector.

Larger pay increases

The unified pay scale means teachers would see significantly larger pay increases in this proposed settlement than in the previous offer.
Steps on the base pay scale will increase by an average of 12.5% over the term of the agreement
All current teachers would see their base salary increase by at least 18.5% by July 2021, taking into account step progression. The median base salary increase by July 2021 would be $14,500.
Estimate your pay increase over the term of the agreement by using the pay calculator below.

Primary teacher pay increase calculator

Enter your current pay step and qualification group below to see what your new base salary would be after 1 July 2021 if the proposed settlement is accepted.

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 if the proposed settlement is ratified. The colour-coded pay scale below shows you how you would 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 proposed 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 would progress to the new top step 11 ($90,000) in July 2021.

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A $1,500 one-off payment and advantage for union members

Aside from the pay scale changes, the proposed settlement also contains a one-off gross payment of $1,500 (pro rated for part-time staff) for NZEI Te Riu Roa members only and a three-month delay in passing on of new conditions to non-union members. We see this as recognition for your long and tireless campaign and the sacrifices you’ve had to make to get here.

Lifting of Q caps

Along with the unified pay scale, as with the previous offer the proposed settlement would see a lifting of qualification caps from 1 July 2020, opening up a far greater progression pathway. 

This would mean Q1, Q2, and Q3 would all have the same maximum step (new step 10) from July 2020.
This is something members have fought for over many years.

Workload

On workload, the proposed settlement doesn’t give us what we wanted, which was more classroom release time.
Instead, the accord that accompanies the offer gives schools eight extra teacher-only days across the three year term of the agreement, without extending the school year to cover them.
In the accord, the Government also recognises that the current performance appraisal requirements contribute to a low-trust, high workload environment. They have committed to removing the current legislative appraisal requirements.
The government will also work with NZEI and the PPTA to review class sizes and the formulas related to them, and will develop a wellbeing framework.

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.

 

Learning support

The proposed settlement does not contain anything new for learning support. The Government previously announced 614 FTTE additional learning support coordinators.

 

Further work in a new accord

The accord sets out a number of other commitments from government to work with NZEI Te Riu Roa and the PPTA to address other issues in our profession.

What's in the proposed settlement for primary principals?

For principals, much of the proposed settlement is the same as what was previously offered in March.

What's new:

A $1,500 one-off payment and advantage for union members

The proposed settlement contains a one-off gross payment of $1,500 (pro rated for part-time staff) for NZEI Te Riu Roa members only and a three-month delay in passing on of new conditions to non-union members. We see this as recognition for your long and tireless campaign and the sacrifices you’ve had to make to get here.

Workload

In the accord that accompanies the offer, schools will get eight extra teacher-only daysacross the three year term of the agreement, without extending the school year to cover them.

In the accord the Government also recognises that the current performance appraisal requirements contribute to a low-trust, high workload environment. They have committed to removing the current legislative appraisal requirements.

The government will also work with NZEI and the PPTA to review class sizes and the formulas related to them, and will develop a wellbeing framework.

 

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.

 

What's the same as the previous offer:

Pay increases

As with the previous offer, the proposed settlement includes a base scale increase of 3% per year for principals in U3 schools and above, and 4.5%+ 4.5% + 4.4% a year for principals in U1 and U2 schools.

As the secondary principals agreement has not yet been negotiated, a unified pay scale for principals can only be addressed in future and this is referenced in the accord.

Release time

The 10 hours of classroom release time per term for U1 and U2 principals also remains in the offer. This will remain beyond the term of the agreement.

Further work in a new accord

The accord sets out a number of other commitments from government to work with NZEI Te Riu Roa and the PPTA to address other issues in our profession. Read the full accord here. 

What's happening to the leadership in literacy and numeracy payment?

The two components of the leading literacy and numeracy payments (part 5.2.5) are being added to other salary components and the specific clause setting out the LLN payment will be deleted from the collective agreement.

  • The base payment will be added to the roll-based salary component (U-Grade part 5.2.2)
  • The per entitlement teacher component will be added to the staffing based salary component (part 5.2.3)

The U Grade rates are now written in a table that shows the rates with the career structure payments added to them along with the LLN base payment.

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