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Morning Report: Striking Teachers

08/10/2018

Teachers are striking under Labour.

Is this a sign that Labour’s paymasters are demanding their pound of flesh?

Sorry, the Labour led coalition, no sorry the Winston led coalition, so sorry the Coalition. supported by the increasingly sidelined Greens led by James Shaw and the strident, but incompetent and often incoherent, but foul mouthed Marama Davidson.

Here are a series of reports from RNZ’s Morning Report, who gave this extensive coverage the other morning, but did not really canvass any opinions other than teachers and union views. RNZ failed to address the reality that there might well be an alternative view from that of the unions and people opposed to National. In that respect they failed.

Number One

Teachers are ready to go on strike over fair pay and conditions. Delegates to the annual Post Primary Teachers Association conference yesterday rejected an offer, which would have given most secondary teachers an increase of 9.3 percent over three years. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the government is stretching the envelope with the offer. But teachers’ argue it doesn’t go far enough and they are ready to ditch the classroom for the pavement. Terry McNamara teaches at Gore High School. He says the offer is woefully low and will do nothing to keep younger teachers in the profession. The 68-year-old told RNZ’s Jonathan Mitchell he came out of retirement and returned to teaching to fill a vacant role because there was no one else available

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Then we have Number Two

The government is facing the possibility of a double-whammy of strike action by primary and secondary teachers unless it can come up with a better pay offer. Union members in both sectors are preparing to vote on industrial action after rejecting government offers that would give most teachers a 9.3 percent pay rise over three years. At the PPTA’s annual conference in Wellington, Auckland representative, Austen Pageau, was one of several speakers who said the offer was no good

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Next Number Three

Secondary teachers are prepared to strike if the government does not improve its pay offer. Members of the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) will vote on industrial action next month, after rejecting the offer as “insulting”. Joe Hunter, from the secondary teachers’ union, the PPTA, and Lynda Stuart – president of the primary teachers’ union, NZEI, talk to Gyles Beckford.

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Now Number Four

Back now to the looming industrial action by the PPTA. As we’ve been reporting Secondary School teachers’ rejection of the government’s pay offer sets the scene for a double-header of strike action in primary and secondary schools. Rodger Barlow from Counties Manukau says the Government’s offer is insulting and does nothing to tackle the shortage of teachers. Education correspondent John Gerritsen has been at the PPTA conference, and joins Gyles Beckford with his analysis of what the two major teachers’ unions want.

Frankly,Adam is of the view that many teachers, especially the union leaders are seeking to extract as much as they can from the public purse and a weak government . Yet we seem to have little of these issues before the current pay round, this leads Adam to be somewhat suspicious of motives. As always with the teacher unions the concept of performance based pay, the norm in most businesses is anathema to them. Why should the mediocre be treated like high performers. Perhaps this is a contributing factor in the teacher shortage?

Finally,why do so many children leave school functionally illiterate, by some estimates up to 40%? Why is the failure of teachers in this core function of their job, not addressed? Simply blaming social issues just doesn’t cut it anymore, this has been a problem for at least 15 Years.

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