Circular 2019/01 - Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement - Notice to Initiate Bargaining

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for the renewal of the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement.

Date 14 February 2019 | Circular 2019/01 | Category Employment Relations

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for a new Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement.

This circular does not replace any other.

The action needed is to bring the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining to the attention of all employees whose work may be covered by the collective agreement, within ten days of receipt of the attached notice.

It is intended for Chairpersons of Boards of Trustees and Principals of all state and state-integrated area schools (as advised in the attached notice) to bring to the attention of all teachers employed in such area schools.

For more information contact the New Zealand School Trustees Association about human resource issues generally on 0800 782 435. Email the Ministry of Education's Employment Relations Unit:


Section 43 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) requires that, on receiving a notice of intention to bargain a collective agreement under the Act, details of that notice are to be drawn to the attention of all employees who come within the coverage of the intended agreement within ten days of receiving that notice.

Notice of Initiation - area school teachers

On 14 February 2019 the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association Te Wehengarua (PPTA) and the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI) confirmed the details with the Secretary for Education of a formal initiation of bargaining for the renewal of the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement. The current collective agreement expires on 7 April 2019.

The PPTA and the NZEI propose that the Agreement entered into by the Secretary of Education, acting under the delegation of the State Services Commissioner, and the PPTA and the NZEI is intended to cover teachers who are, or who become PPTA or NZEI members and who are employed in state and state integrated area schools, and those RTLB who are no longer covered by clause 1.3.2(a) of the collective agreement after 28 January 2012 (but who were covered by it as at 27 January 2012) and who accept employment in the new lead employing school, so long as they remain employed as an RTLB with that lead school employer, and retain their union membership as at 27 January 2012. 

A copy of the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining for Area School Teachers needs to be provided to any employee(s) that may be covered by the proposed Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement, as soon as possible.

Issued by

Nick Kyrke-Smith, Senior Manager Employment Relations, Education Workforce, Early Learning and Student Achievement
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Phone 04 463 8000
Fax 04 463 8001

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