SLANZA National Executive wish to reassure our members that we are committed to and have been in discussions with NZEI Te Riu Roa regarding Support Staff Pay Equity progress.
Some of you may recall from our communiques that we gathered a comprehensive database of skills, roles and responsibilities from a Pay Equity Professional Development course run in 2018, that was shared with NZEI to assist our cause. Later that year at our NE meeting in Wellington, we invited two NZEI Pay Equity lawyers as well as two regional union representatives to inform us of the process of the Pay Equity claims and what we were to expect. We learnt that achieving pay equity with similar non-female dominant professions would not be a quick or simple task, as we have witnessed with the Teacher Aide negotiations, which took four years. We also learnt that the Teacher Aide pay equity claim was progressed first by NZEI as they were the largest group of support staff and were some of the lowest-paid. Discussions with NZEI have been ongoing and union members would have continued to receive updates throughout the negotiations to inform us of the pay equity process and progress.
NZEI is currently working on progressing other support staff role pay equity claims including school librarians and library assistants. They hope that the time and resources used, as well as what they learnt and what they won, may expedite the other support staff claims. Next up is the Administration Staff, and our own claim follows that.
We wish to state that NE have felt understood and well supported as a profession with the work NZEI are undertaking on our behalf. We want to ensure that our members are aware of how hard people are working for them. Joining the NZEI, is a show of understanding, appreciation and support for the mahi being done on our behalf, and the bigger the membership, the stronger the voice.
SLANZA National Executive are delighted for our Teacher Aide work colleagues. Their win is another step closer to our own successful Pay Equity process. As we await our turn, we ask our members to show kindness and solidarity to our fellow workers.
NZEI offer this advice to our members:
Julia Smith BAppSci (LIS)
Kerikeri High School
SLANZA National Executive Communications
SLANZA National Executive rep for Te Tai Tokerau