Teachers strike action suspended after meeting with Education Minister Jan Tinetti

Here's what we know.
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Teacher unions have suspended all industrial strike action after a meeting with Education Minister Jan Tinetti.

Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) said a "constructive" meeting was held on Friday led by Minister Tinetti. 

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), the PPTA, and the Ministry of Education met to "discuss" the options to move forward in the "current stalled collective bargaining". 

"The meeting was constructive, and the parties shared a willingness to work towards a solution," said a PPTA spokesperson. 

The PPTA said all strike notice will be suspended, and no further industrial action will be taken while the agreement is in place. 

The agreement:

  • The Ministry will work with urgency to explore options for a revised offer. 
  • The Minster will continue to support the Ministry of Education, NZEI and PPTA to work together to negotiate an achievable solution. 
  • No further public communication will occur.

The spokesperson said the agreement is in place until May 30, with the potential of it being extended if agreed by all parties involved. 

The Minister, PPTA and NZEI agreed on providing the same statement, the Minister's office added "no further comment will be provided at this time".