More Teacher Strike Action to Come

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.

School’s out?

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.

NZEI Media Release: Teachers vote for joint strike on 29 May

For more on the strike action by teachers, visit the NZEI website.

How has the teacher strike affected you? Would you consider teaching?

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  1. dawnblyth 02/06/2019 at 9:32 pm

    I have often considered teaching. I think our teachers are worth the money that they are asking for. Their jobs are so varied these days that it is a shame the govt can’t find more for them. We are lucky that I don’t work at the moment so any strikes do not affect us.

  2. kymmage 02/06/2019 at 11:42 am

    Very lucky that I have the option to work from home. I do feel for families who don’t have that option. The pressure on them is massive. But the teachers do need to be heard. Fully supportive of teachers doing what they need to do.

  3. Micht 01/06/2019 at 5:39 pm

    The strike was so important for teachers and i do believe they deserve to be appreciated for all the hours they invest in our kids and families… what a shame it has had to come to this to be heard…

  4. Janies 30/05/2019 at 1:34 pm

    My hubby is a secondary teacher, has been for many years, and he says its getting harder and harder, he normally would not vote for striking but says if we want more school leavers to take up teaching then things need to change, and its up to the present teachers to make it easier for people to take up teacher training. He loves his job in from to the class but its getting harder and harder behind the scenes.

  5. Alezandra 29/05/2019 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that there were more strikes scheduled to come. It’s good to know but it hasn’t affected us yet as our son attends kindy. But it’s so important to follow this as I believe that education is very important for the next generation and teachers are to be valued.

  6. Shorrty4life1 28/05/2019 at 6:54 pm

    The teacher strike has had no effect on me thank goodness. For nursing I had the day off course so worked in well with a sleep in all round for us. No I wouldn’t want to be a teacher. My kids have two great teachers this year and after my children saying what’s been happening lately I fully believe they ain’t paid enough for the crap they have to deal with. Kids can be pretty shit these days eh with fighting jumping on desks etc. I actually feel for them.

  7. Bevik1971 28/05/2019 at 4:14 pm

    Totally not against striking for action – we need teachers. We are lucky at the moment that Dad is not currently working so doesn’t affect us that way with the day off tomorrow. Must be hard from some to juggle though

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