Early learning teacher pay equity claim

NZEI Te Riu Roa has raised a pay equity claim for early childhood teachers. This is a multi-employer claim that includes 600 employers and will cover more than 600 private and community-based services centres or services.

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Inform

  • Early learning teachers
  • Early learning employers 

 

About early learning teachers

The purpose of a teacher is to support young people and children to realise their potential and prepare them for their future. Families and whānau and the wider community trust teachers to guide their children and young people on their learning journey and to keep them safe.

A teacher holds the responsibility for the planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of an education programme for individuals and / or groups of students. A teacher may be fulfilling this responsibility through direct support of students learning, or they may be supporting others to deliver an education programme.

Under the Education and Training Act 2020, to be appointed to a teaching position, a teacher must be registered and hold a current practising certificate. A teaching position will require the instruction of students and / or professional leadership in or of a registered school, licensed early childhood service or other educational institution.

How did the claim come about?

On 6 November 2020, NZEI Te Riu Roa raised a pay equity claim for early childhood teachers. This is a multi-employer claim that includes over 600 employers and will cover more than 600 private and community-based services centres or services.

The claim also covers the work of Early Intervention Teachers and of registered Kindergarten Teachers, so the Secretary for Education is one of the employers.

What’s happening now?

We strongly suggest that employers who have been named in a pay equity claim seek legal advice, however this is not mandatory.

We have requested an 80-working-day extension to determine arguability to give us more time to develop a single multi-employer pay equity process agreement with the other named employers, and to understand further the scope of the claim.

The pay equity process agreement outlines how we will work together and make major decisions as a group.

As well as offering ongoing information and support to named employers, we will also provide support and oversight to any other pay equity claims in the funded education sector where we are not named as an employer.

 

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