Exclusive: Secondary school teachers cancel next week's strike action

The secondary teachers' union (PPTA) has canceled next week's planned strike action after a day of intensive talks with the Minister of Education, according to an email that's gone out to PPTA membership.

The union had planned rostered strike action across the country spread over a month, with different year groups asked to stay home from school for one day across the month.

Year 10s were due to stay home on Tuesday 11 June, one week after year nines were asked to stay home.

The Minister Chris Hipkins had no comment on Thursday night.

Teachers and the Ministry of Education have been in a stalemate over pay and work conditions, resulting in a "mega-strike" on May 29.

Thursday morning saw leadership from the embroiled parties - the Ministry of Education's Iona Holstead, the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and the Presidents and National Secretaries of the NZEI and PPTA - meet for intensive discussion. Those discussions went on for close to 10 hours.

The parties involved issued a statement saying "constructive progress was made" during the talks but that no further comment would likely be made until the middle of next week.

The PPTA's rostered strikes affecting year 11s on 25 June and year 12s on 2 July could still go ahead - as well as rolling strikes - if talks fall over.



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