Teacher unions join forces over Govt proposals
A fight is looming for the Government with two of the country's largest teacher unions partnering up in a move to reject new policy proposals.
The NZEI and PPTA have joined forces for the first time ever, announcing in a press conference on Tuesday it plans to undertake nationwide consultation with its members to vote on whether or not to reject the Government's "global budget" funding proposal.
"We have some serious concerns about many aspects, in particular the global budget. We need better funding, not bulk funding," PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
The unions claim school boards will be forced to hire fewer teachers and be faced with larger class sizes if a global budget proposal goes ahead.
Prior to Tuesday's announcement, Education Minister Hekia Parata says consultation on proposed changes have been "very open, very transparent".
"All of the papers I've taken to Cabinet are up on the public website, they've had full opportunity to ask questions, give their views and those have been taken into account," she said.
The meetings will take place from the start of September and run over a fortnight.