Novopay pay delay update
PPTA and joint plaintiff NZEI attended two days of mediation on September 3 and 10 in an attempt to settle the 10-week Novopay pay delay dispute.
Regrettably, no settlement could be reached, with the Ministry of Education saying it was doing its best when it took 10 weeks to process teacher pay increases. The Ministry argued that teacher increases normally took 3-11 weeks. In fact, of the three options presented to the Ministry by Novopay, 10 weeks was the quickest:
Option 1: Manual processing – 1 year to implement
Option 2: Tactical scripting – 6-8 months
Option 3: The Ministry pay Novopay $425,000 for extra funding to mobilise a period that would "be at least a six-week delay"
The Ministry says it agreed to pay the $425,000 "to ensure teachers’ remuneration increases were received as soon as possible".
PPTA general secretary Michael Stevenson said a delay of this length was completely unacceptable in the 21st century, "especially against a backdrop of quickly processing strike deductions".
"We now await our day in court," he said.
The case will now proceed to investigation by the Employment Relations Authority.