On Wednesday 29th May 2019, primary, intermediate and secondary schools across the nation will be closed due to New Zealand’s largest ever teacher’s strike. But the one day ‘mega-strike’ is not the end of the proposed strike action.
If no agreement is reached with the Ministry of Education following Wednesday’s strike, PPTA (Post Primary Teachers’ Association) members have indicated that there will be a five-week rolling strike for secondary schools. Rolling regional strikes would take place between 17th and 21st of June with one day of strike action in each of the following regions:
Secondary schools rolling strike action
Monday 17th June: Auckland, Northland (Upper, Central, Lower), Counties-Manukau, Hauraki-Coromandel,
Tuesday 18th June: Waikato, Taranaki, Central Plateau, Western Bay of Plenty, Bay of Plenty
Wednesday 19th June: Otago, Southland, Aoraki
Thursday 20th June: Canterbury, West Coast, Nelson, Marlborough
Friday 21st June: Wellington, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Manawatu-Whanganui, Hawkes Bay, East Coast
In conjunction, “rostering home action” would also be in effect, with children from different year levels excluded from teaching, as follows:
Tuesday 4th June: Year 9
Tuesday 11th June: Year 10
Tuesday 25th June: Year 11
Tuesday 2 July: Year 12
Please note that dates and details are subject to change. Your child’s school will notify you of confirmed closure dates.
The New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) has also stated that primary school teachers may take indefinite strike action before the end of term two – effectively closing primary schools until an agreement is reached.
PPTA president Jack Boyle says, “We are united in our aspirations. We want every child to leave school with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to reach their potential.”
“Teachers do not take strike action lightly. We would rather be with our kids in our classrooms. We want a positive outcome,” he says.
For more on the strike action by teachers, visit the NZEI website.
Written by Julie Scanlon
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