Teachers in Gisborne have rejected a Ministry of Education
proposal to change their collective employment agreement,
which they say would pave the way to performance pay.
The 92 teachers at the paid union meeting in Gisborne
unanimously rejected the proposal and were due to meet again
On Monday 1354 teachers from the greater Wellington region
gathered at the Michael Fowler Centre and unanimously
rejected the ministry's plan to give Secretary for Education
Lesley Longstone the power to adjust teachers' professional
standards in their employment agreement.
Another 750 teachers at meetings in Hamilton and Tauranga
also rejected the proposal.
The proposal could see Mrs Longstone, or a future Secretary
for Education, being able to add or removing measures that
test if a teacher can gain their next pay increase.
Teachers say the move could result in the ministry having
more input in teachers performance.
Currently teachers move up the pay scale by meeting
professional standards set out in the collective agreement -
principals assess and sign off on increases.
Under the ministry's proposal Mrs Longstone would be able to
change the standards without consulting with teachers, or the
The Ministry did not respond to questions on the bargaining
process, or their proposal.
NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter said there was strong
concern among members about the Government laying a base for
the introduction of performance-based pay.
He said it could result in teachers' pay being linked to
their students' National Standards results.
"So far they have all rejected the offer from the Government
along with an outright rejection for Government's policy
prescription for education reform in this country."
Mr Goulter said teachers had put forward their own proposal
which they would not detail due to being in negotiations with
He said the Government were pushing for a business model of
education driven by cost-cutting and competition - the union
has termed it the "GERM - Global Education Reform Movement".
He said policies being pushed this year were based on
competition, data-based accountability and standardisation.
NZEI will hold its last paid union meeting tomorrow, after
two weeks of negotiations with teachers.
APNZ understands the Post Primary Teachers Association are
also in the collective bargaining process, but has managed to
push similar proposals off the table.