NEW ZEALAND Secondary teachers have voted to strike unless they get a 21 per cent pay rise. But despite the strong message being sent by rank-and-file teachers, both the teachers' union executive and the Government's negotiator, the State Services Commission, are keeping the negotiating doors open.
About nine out of 10 teachers rejected the Government's offer of 2 per cent across the board plus 1 per cent at the discretion of boards of trustees, and voted to strike on March 6.
Some meetings also endorsed a campaign of action, including rolling one-day stoppages and a two-day strike at the beginning of May.
Secondary teachers with a degree and one year's teacher training start on Pounds 11,500 and reach about Pounds 18,800 at the top of the basic scale. With a 21 per cent increase, the range would be about Pounds 13,500 to Pounds 22,000.