PPTA to pursue Novopay compensation

Tuesday 26 Feb 2013 11:34 a.m.

Steven Joyce

Steven Joyce

By 3 News online staff

The Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) says it’s launching legal action over the Novopay debacle.

PPTA president Angela Roberts says group legal action is being pursued on behalf of the association’s members, and will seek compensation for the “hurt, humiliation and financial suffering” caused by the payroll system.

“Members’ patience and goodwill has all but run out. Continued Novopay errors mean schools, students, principals and administration staff are at the end of their tether,” says Ms Roberts.

“Almost daily I am receiving reports from branches of the extent of errors that are short-changing thousands of our members and creating untold stress and personal financial instability for many.”

A number of legal options are being considered – but the association’s members are being invited to join the collective that will pursue compensation.

“It is an unusual situation in that traditionally any action would be taken against a school’s board as the employer, but in this case the boards are just as frustrated with Novopay as their staff,” says Ms Roberts.

She says the PPTA is now collecting data and preparing witness statements, and is in discussion with lawyers.

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