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PPTA Teachers Vote 65% To Accept Governments Latest Offer

Jun 29, 2019
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Breaking: The Post Primary teacher Assoication haveaccepted the Governts lattest offer.

A majority of us have voted to accept the government’s offer to settle our collective agreement. Sixty-five percent of members voted to ratify the deal.

A letter emailed to memebers reads:

Before I talk about the settlement, and on behalf of the PPTA executive, I’d like to pass on our thanks.

Thank you for the passion and commitment you bring to the profession and the young people of New Zealand.

Thank you for supporting our campaign to bring out the best for teachers, students and schools.

Thank you for standing up and standing together during our megastrike on May 29 and our rostering action.

Your support brought many millions of dollars more to the settlement than the government wanted to pay.

Union meetings

This week I attended meetings throughout the country, and what I heard from you was not that this deal is awesome, or exactly what we wanted but that it is enough, for now, alongside the promise of the accord.

I heard from members about their passion for the profession and their concerns that the offer was not what they expected to address workload or secondary teacher shortages.
I want to acknowledge those of you who voted against the settlement and the arguments you brought to the debates at our union meetings.

The accord

I believe that a majority of us voted to accept this offer because we expect the accord with NZEI Te Riu Roa and the government to implement solutions to the problems our profession is facing. We expect immediate and sustainable movement on recruitment, retention and workload.This settlement gives us space to do that critical work. .

While a settled collective agreement does provide certainty for our terms and conditions over the next couple of years – this settlement is not all about the STCA. Our work does not stop here. Rather, our focus becomes filling the gaps through the accord process. That work starts now.

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