By: Simon Collins
Teachers who are going on strike again from today say they were forced to because a revised Government offer came through too late to rearrange planned meetings.
About 30,000 teachers belonging to the NZ Educational Institute (NZEI) are striking today in Auckland, on Tuesday in the rest of the North Island (except Wellington), on Wednesday in Christchurch, on Thursday in the rest of the South Island and on Friday in Wellington.
About 464,000 students at 1943 primary and intermediate schools will either stay home or, in some cases, will be supervised by after-school programmes that are stepping up to run all day during the strike.
This morning about 50 teachers and supporters are at a street corner in central Auckland demanding better pay and conditions.
Nz Educational Insitute president Lynda Stuart joined teachers from Newton Central School at the corner of Ponsonby Rd and Karangahape Rd.
Dozens of other street corner rallies are taking place around Auckland today. Teachers in other regions will strike later this week.
The Newton Central group has been crossing the streets around the four corners of the intersection waving flags and placards.
All those who spoke to the Herald said the Government’s latest $700 million offer was still not enough.
Jo McKendrey, a Newton Central deputy principal who turned 50 today, said schools needed more teachers, better pay and more funding for students who need learning support.
“We want to attract more teachers to the profession. We are really desperate for teachers,” she said.