Primary teachers’ union NZEI TE Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education are set to begin facilitation on Monday 5th November at 10.30am.

This comes after the union rejected the Ministry’s revised offer, and union members voted in favour of further industrial action, with rolling strikes signalled for the week of 12th November.

Facilitation will mean bargaining between the parties continues, but is subject to the process determined by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). Facilitation will be conducted by the Chief of the ERA, James Crichton.

The ERA is able to make non-binding recommendations to the parties. NZEI National President Lynda Stuart said that should the ERA make any recommendations, the union’s members would be given an opportunity to consider them.

The joint application from the two parties was accepted on Friday, with the ERA finding there were multiple grounds for accepting the application: bargaining has been protracted, further strike action is planned, and that the strike action would likely have a substantial effect on the public interest.

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