Librarians and Library Assistants' Pay Equity Claim

Learn more about the Librarians and Library Assistants' Pay Equity Claim.

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Inform

  • Librarians
  • Library assistants
  • Principals and tumuaki 
  • School boards

We have reached agreement with NZEI Te Riu Roa on a proposed settlement of the pay equity claim for librarians and library assistants. Employees covered by the claim now have the opportunity to consider the proposed settlement and vote on whether to approve it. 

If approved by employees covered by the claim, the settlement would see around 1,200 school librarians, mostly women, being valued and paid for the work they do in line with people working in male-dominated roles of equal value. 

Librarians and Library Assistants' Pay Equity Claim

Proposed settlement agreement

On 3 February 2023 we reached agreement with NZEI Te Riu Roa on a proposed settlement to settle the pay equity claim for school librarians and library assistants. Employees covered by the claim now have the opportunity to consider the proposed settlement and vote on whether to approve it. 

If approved, the settlement would see around 1,200 school librarians, mostly women, being valued and paid for the work they do, in line with people in male-dominated roles of equal value. 

Subject to the settlements being endorsed by covered employees, the Ministry will provide ongoing funding to schools and kura to cover the increased cost of the settlement.

Next steps

Details of the proposed pay equity claim settlement and the voting process will be widely communicated by NZEI Te Riu Roa to all librarians and library assistants before employees covered by the claim have the opportunity to vote on the settlement in February. 

NZEI Te Riu Roa is hosting webinars on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February to run through the details of the proposed settlements and answer any questions. Employees can register for these at www.nzei.org.nz(external link).

If the settlement is endorsed by covered employees, the Ministry, NZEI and NZSTA will release guidance for schools and kura to help them understand the changes resulting from the settlements and the impact at a school level. 

How we got here

Timeline of the Science Technicians' Pay Equity Claim to date

Timeline of the Librarians and Library Assistants' Pay Equity Claim to date

To see a summary of our research that identified sex-based undervaluation for this workforce download and read the evidence report [PDF, 1.8 MB].  

Until the claim is settled, this letter and factsheet will also need to be given to any new employees who start a role covered by the claim, on their first day of employment. You can view a copy of this notification letter [DOCX, 155 KB] and factsheet [PDF, 806 KB].

 

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