NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said members were determined to finally see a genuine improvement to pay, conditions and job security.

“Support staff are the glue that hold our schools together. Quality teaching and learning can’t happen without them and they are long overdue improved pay and conditions that recognise their skills and their value to our students,” she said.

Ms Stuart said members at more than 200 meetings around New Zealand would discuss and vote on the plan, which was in two parts – immediate issues like pay increases, allowances and study leave, as well as speedy progress on pay equity, which offers the best opportunity to make significant improvements to pay rates and job security.

The teacher aide pay equity process is nearing completion and NZEI Te Riu Roa is pushing for the negotiating phase to begin as soon as possible. Members have been involved in  a comprehensive process with the Ministry of Education to assess the work of teacher aides and comparable male-dominated roles.

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