SUPPORT STAFF HAVE JOINED TOGETHER
The Government's freeze on school funding has complicated ongoing collective agreement negotiations between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education.
With better funding, support staff could get fairer pay, more secure work hours and an increase in allowances for the specialist tasks they do and skills they bring.
In March, thousands of support staff across Aotearoa gathered together to discuss this.
Here's what support staff say they need to get a fair result for themselves and the children they support.
agree it is essential to unfreeze the operations grant to progress their Collective Agreement negotiations.
call on the Government to unfreeze the operations grant.
commit to taking further action to win an increase to the operations grant.
THE COMMUNITY HAS SPOKEN
The huge contribution support staff make to the education of children and young people is well recognised by people across New Zealand.
That's why hundreds of people have shared why they think support staff should have better funding.
They all want the Government to recognise the contribution of support staff too.
Lincoln Heights School teaching community stands behind NZEI’s negotiations for better funding for our support staff. Our students deserve more. Teachers deserve and need the support provided in our busy classrooms. Support staff deserve an increase in their hourly wages. New Zealand Educators are teachers and support staff together as teams we are making a difference for the future. We vote give the support team more pay now. They are value for money.
Estelle – Teacher Aide Librarian : because Teacher Aides cannot be paid according to their salary band
Suz Bassett – Office Manager : because Support Staff are not paid in the holidays
Lynne Blumsohn – Teacher Aide : because I want to be valued for what I do. I get paid less than my son who washes dishes at a restaurant.
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Our Support Staff are multi talented, hardworking and under paid for the important job of helping to build a love for learning. They keep the spark alive for those who find learning a challenge. They believe anything is possible if you keep the faith. It is time they were rewarded for their loyal service to the MOE and the children who they support.
THOUSANDS OF NEW ZEALANDERS HAVE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT FOR AN INCREASE TO THE OPERATIONS GRANT
Over 21,400 people have signed the petition online and 17,160 people have put their name to paper. This adds up to an amazing 38,560 people asking the Minster of Education to unfreeze the operations grant — and the numbers are still growing.
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You too can ask the Minister of Education to unfreeze the operations grant.