|PPTA industrial activity 2012-2013: settling collective agreements|
|Secondary and area school principals'|
|Area school teachers' collective agreement|
|Adult and Community Education (ACE)|
|Making your collective agreement real|
The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) annual report of industrial activities for the 2012 - 2013 year.
Secondary teachers' collective agreement (STCA)
PPTA lodged a modest claim for settlement of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA) on 15 October 2012 which sought increases to keep pay rates current and proposed a number of claims in response to government rhetoric about the need for quality teaching and effective appraisal systems.
The response was unsurprising given the hostile climate in which unions and teachers operate. The ministry of education countered with a claim which proposed a pay cut in real terms and a number of clawbacks aimed at either increasing teachers’ workload or reducing their entitlements.
There was no response to any of PPTA’s claims including the no-cost claims such as a single set of professional standards, pro rata non-contact, release time for senior managers, class size maxima and best practice appraisal systems.
After a month of negotiations, PPTA was successful in removing all the clawbacks from the table and was able to agree an average pay increase of a 2.48% for a 30 month term. The proposal was ratified in December 2012; members felt that it was not an agreement that valued them fairly and recognised their skills but it did allow them to retain their conditions in a challenging political and fiscal environment.