Southern secondary principals to vote on offer next week

Otago and Southland secondary school principals will vote next week on whether to accept the Ministry of Education's latest pay offer.

The offer comes after a ''long, but ultimately fruitful'' day of mediation between secondary principals' unions and the Government.

The deal is being recommended to union members by the secondary principals' negotiating team.

The main components of the deal are an average 14.5% pay increase for principals over the three-year term of the agreement, six weeks of annual leave and a $500 payment for union members.

Otago Secondary Principals' Association president Judith Forbes was pleased to hear an offer had been made.

''It sounds like the negotiating team has worked very hard, and now it is up to principals to consider whether [the offer] meets their needs and adequately recompenses them for the requirements of the job, which can be quite extreme.''

Secondary Principals' Association New Zealand (Spanz) union president Scott Haines said the deal also meant the union could now join in the work of the accord that relates to secondary principals.

The accord between the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA), the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Government was formed during recent teacher negotiations, he said.

''Of course, it is our members who will decide whether the offer is acceptable, but we are certainly happy to recommend it.''

PPTA and Spanz members will vote on the deal over the next week and it was hoped the result would be announced next Friday.

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