There is a high level of frustration among support staff in Northland – with eight paid union meetings to date telling the same story.
“I believe this is important,” says Leanne Isaac, Pukepoto School support staff member, “because at our school we have lost teacher aides due to not enough hours or days also due to lack of funding. I have also as admin lost a day which is a financial burden so I also have to make ends meet on what I receive or find another job to make up for for the day I have lost.”
There was also a lot of energy at the Northland meetings, lots of postcards to MPs signed and signatures added to the national petition. The issues are not going to go away as support staff committed to getting their local MPs to walk in their shoes for a day and see what the job’s like.