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50,000 NZ teaching staff walk off the job

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Eldorado

"Tens of thousands of New Zealand teachers walked off the job on Wednesday, a day before the government announced its ‘wellbeing’ budget, calling for higher pay and shorter hours in the country’s largest ever education strike.

"Almost 50,000 secondary and primary school teachers joined the strike, according to their unions, closing schools around the nation."

Full report at Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-politics-strike/new-zealand-teachers-hold-countrys-largest-education-strike-day-before-wellbeing-budget-idUSKCN1SY2H4

At the NZ Herald: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/national-video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=207430

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freetoroam

I can not stand that word now "wellbeing". 

Companies and governments are using it to make people think they care, the point is things should never be this bad in the first place.

The company i work for are also using it and yet they do nothing to rectify or change anything, they suggest things which are unworkable and use the word wellbeing while they sit being their desks on their butts all day sending emails and advise about wellbeing, but never go and look at the conditions.

Good for these teachers and i hope they get what they deserve, better working conditions.

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tmcom

The teachers are only following the students example.

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ethereal_scout

Fire them! They're just socialists on a programme of tax-theft.

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Kismit

Having worked in the New Zealand school system, I back the Teachers. However it is not really a pay rise they want, they are user resourced, drowning in paper work and expected to raise quite a lot of the children because of an increasing lack of parenting skills. 

People have this idea that teaching is easy and fun and 9-3 with great paid holidays. But it is not. It’s 7am 7pm or 8.30pm if there is an unpaid meeting after the unpaid team sport you coached (because parents don’t), You have to use your resources money for government mandated repairs. (Originally allocated for resources by that same Government) People have wonderful ideas about Garden to Kitchen in schools, a great idea. But who runs it? A garden large enough for a school, which grows its most during the warm holiday season? Unpaid Teachers, they are out there probably organising fundraising for your child (again unpaid) or getting marking done, or organising class rooms for next term or having OSH meetings or meetings to organise the following term schedules and if they are lucky they might get two or three weeks off to spend with their family.

Fire the Teachers? How would you learn what socialism is? Or perhaps you did not as Schools are certainly a victim of capitalism, would you like to by a raffle/cookie and or get your car washed for $5?

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rashore

Sorry to be ignorant, but I’m in the U.S., where school recently let out for summer in a lot of ways... what’s the school season there in New Zealand right now? 

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Kismit
4 minutes ago, rashore said:

Sorry to be ignorant, but I’m in the U.S., where school recently let out for summer in a lot of ways... what’s the school season there in New Zealand right now? 

Almost at the end of what you would call second semester, School holidays start next week, for two weeks. Those two weeks will be used by the Teachers to stock take sporting equipment, re label library books, asses individual teaching plans, re seat students according to the most beneficial study environment for everyone. and take down last terms learning materials, replace them with the new learning resources, make sure they have plans in place for appropriate behaviour rewards and print off work sheets, meet for term review and term planning as well as just a general clean out of desks. Perhaps even having meetings with Child protection, Police, Child psychologists or the Education review board.

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