Ministry of Education employees supporting children with learning needs walk off the job for a month tomorrow.

Learning support service managers, who allocate and manage support services for children with extra learning needs, voted to strike after a bid to gain parity with other Ministry of Education managers failed.

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said the service managers “are the glue that hold the learning support system together”.

“They each manage 10-25 specialist staff as well as up to 25 support workers, and they play a critical role in ensuring relationships with parents, schools, services, teachers, boards, other agencies and NGOs work to meet the needs of children.

“This is yet another example of workers in the education sector not being recognised for the critical work they do.”

Members voted in a secret ballot last week to strike until the end of February. The strike will run from 7am tomorrow until January 28.

What it means

  • A ban on attending meetings (internal or external) at which the Learning Support Update and/or the Service Delivery Model is on the agenda or added to it; and
  • A ban on working beyond 8 hours a day; and
  • A ban on working beyond 40 hours per week.

The rejected offer included a 2 per cent pay increase from signing of the terms of settlement, a further 2 per cent increase on March 1 and a gross lump sum payment of $700.

Source: YUDU


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