Learning to make a difference with Mahi tika courses
PPTA Mahi tika courses are employment relations education for PPTA members. They are practical adult education seminars based on case studies, collaborative problem-solving and discussion.
PPTA News attended a Mahi tika Stage 2: Rights and obligations in the workplace session held in Wellington in August and spoke with attendees afterwards.
Gaining a better understanding of our collective agreements
Flaxmere College branch secretary Sam Bond said the course helped her better understand the collective agreement. “The course material is easy to understand… I understand most of the clauses so much better now,” she said.
Cassandra Wilberforce, the branch chair at Flaxmere College said the course gave her a better understanding around sick leave, health and safety, bullying and the meaning of consultation.
She said she would make sure staff checked their sick leave regularly, that they were applying for the correct type of leave and that there was a health and safety representative and committee.
Making connections in a safe environment
Sacred Heart College assistant principal Marysia Airey said she felt more capable of looking through the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA) and had made some good connections.
“It was a safe environment where we were able to ask questions. I feel more confident in dealing with member concerns,” she said.
Otaki College branch secretary Margaret Priest said she appreciated being able to meet and hear from teachers from other schools and the reinforcement of members’ rights as employees. “It gave a renewed feeling of being backed by the union and unity in a small country school,” she said.
Gaining confidence and skills
Hawara High School branch chair Alison Wright said the course helped her develop her skills and confidence as chair. “I feel much more informed and ready to support PPTA members within my branch.
“I got some great ideas of implementation in my branch and contacts with members in other branches. Thank you for this opportunity,” she said.
St Patrick’s College branch chair Michelle Duffy found the course very informative. “Overall I just feel more confident understanding the collective agreement, especially health and safety issues and leave.”
Ready to support members and inform them of their rights
Tawa College branch chair Nick Gartell said Mahi Tika had given him confidence in his role at school and ability to inform members of their rights.
“It’s really useful as a new branch chair. I would like others from school to attend in the future and will be advocating this to members,” he said.
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