Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes

Primary school teachers and principals will strike again next month.

The teachers union (NZEI) says a rolling strike will begin on 12
November in the Auckland region, and continue around the country for a

The strikes follow a national strike in August, and members' rejection of a second offer last month.

The NZEI's lead negotiator Louise Green said the unprecedented level of
industrial action shows there's a crisis when it comes to recruiting and
retaining teachers.

Teachers want smaller class sizes, more resources, and a significant increase in salaries.

The Ministry of Education said it and the union will urgently seek
facilitated bargaining, to help reach a settlement for primary
principals and teachers.

NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart said that while strikes will go
ahead "we have agreed to continue to try to seek a resolution.''

The union and the secretary for education had committed to seeking an agreed settlement before the strikes started.

"Tomorrow, both parties will jointly refer the collective bargaining to
the Employment Relations Authority for urgent facilitation."

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said there was still a lot of water to
go under the bridge before the strikes, and the Government was pleased
the union and ministry were seeking facilitation.

The union said teachers and principals were asking for smaller classes,
more resources, and an increase in salaries of 16 percent over two

Rolling strike dates

Wider Auckland region - Monday 12 November

North Island (except Auckland and Wellington) - Tuesday 13 November

Wider Christchurch region (including Ellesmere, Ashley,
Mid-Canterbury, Malvern, Hurunui and Aronui Tomua Waitaha) - Wednesday
14 November

South Island (except wider Christchurch) - Thursday 15 November

Wider Wellington region - Friday 16 November

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