Defrost the freeze – paid union meetings begin

Hibiscus Coast paid union meeting.

Hibiscus Coast paid union meeting.

Teacher aides and other support staff are bearing the brunt of the school funding freeze – and it’s the kids they work with who will miss out. Is that fair?

Support staff are currently attending paid union meetings all over the country, and attracting a lot of attention. The Nelson Mail went along to meet support staff who were supported by their principal Helen Taylor-Young and deputy principal Glenda Rapley  at Victory School in Nelson, read here.

The Better Funding Better Learning camper van was there to meet and get signatures for the national petition to end the funding freeze. There was a huge response at Victory School, where parents could really relate to the effect of underfunding on support staff.

The Northern Advocate newspaper in Whangarei reported here that an increase in funding was needed to pay support staff more.  Paid union meets roll out across Northland this week during the Northland leg of the national Heartland Better Funding campaign.

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Wahine toa

Hamilton show of strength at paid union meeting.

Hamilton show of strength at paid union meeting.

Outside the office of Hamilton East MP David Bennett.

Outside the office of Hamilton East MP David Bennett.

Hamilton support staff

Hamilton support staff

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