Thursday, 21 August 2014

Turkeys vote against Christmas

The Key Government proposes to pay higher salaries to leading educators –teachers and principals demonstrating proven success --  to oversee the work of lesser educators.  NZEI members however have today voted overwhelmingly against the proposal.

93 per cent of teachers and principals voted "no confidence" in the policy [which] could potentially scupper the … plans…. NZEI president Judith Nowotarski said 73 per cent of the more than 25,000 members that voted rejected the proposed new roles outright…

Without offering any opinion on the Key Government’s proposal, and given the stern resistance teachers always raise to their standards being reviewed, one could be forgiven for thinking the 73 percent voting “against” represented a large number of the lesser educators who realise their work is not up to scratch.


  1. This is one of the last unions that needs to be broken. So powerful and costs so much on so many levels. Animal Farm really.

  2. This is - simply - nothing but a declaration of war from the remaining unions. Teachings have declared war, the nurses & I guess "core civil service" will declare in 2-3 weeks from now.

    When Key wins (hopefully in an ACT + Conservative coalition) he shouldn't wait before taking urgency, closing down all the unions, confiscating their assets and banning any and all members from any or all future state employment, or any employment as educations.

    This election isn't "business as usual" as we've known for the last 25 years or so. This feels like '84 or '91: an election that will determine the shape of the country for the next 25-50 years.

  3. Generally, my view is that if the Teachers are against something then it's probably a good thing to do and if the PPTA and the NZEI are against it then it is certainly a good thing to do.
    By the way, is it true that Laila Harre has been moonlighting as the voice of Lois on Family Guy?
    Jeremy Laurenson


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