Teachers' pay talks: 'Progress made' with unions

"Progress" has been made during a 10-hour intensive discussion between teachers and the Government, a joint statement from the parties involved says.

The primary and secondary teachers' unions, the Education Minister Chris Hipkins and the head of the Ministry of Education Iona Holsted met at a secret location at 8.30am on Thursday, following a joint "mega-strike" over protracted negotiations over pay and working conditions.

The talks were so sensitive none of the groups involved would take part in interviews or even disclose the location of the meeting.

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

The meeting included just half a dozen people: the head of the Ministry of Education, the Education Minister himself, and two from each of the unions.

The parties have been looking at firming up commitments that will help reduce teacher workloads in the future.

The Government keeps saying it's put everything it can on the table for now, so talking about the future conditions could be the way through.

If there's any new spending involved on the Ministers' side, that'll have to go to Cabinet for sign off.


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