Secondary principals to vote on industrial action

Secondary principals today walked away from negotiations with the government.

Negotiations for their collective agreement started in late May and to date, the unions have received no offer.

Secondary Principals’ Council chair James Morris says, “We went into these negotiations in good faith and with the hope that, together with government, we would be able to make progress to recognise the value, workload and complexity of the principal role.”

“We are very clear that our pay needs to recognise the responsibility and accountability of our role as the leader of the school.”

SPANZ Union president Scott Haines says, “Added to this were the significant and well-deserved increases to associate principal and deputy principal pay rates that came out of the secondary teacher collective agreement settlement and the relativity issues that this has created.

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.”

PPTA and SPANZ members will vote on industrial action next week.


For further comment please contact Secondary Principals’ Council chair James Morris, 027 281 8560 and SPANZ president Scott Haines, 027 255 9045

Note for editors:

Findings from the NZCER national survey on Secondary schools in 2018

  • 1/3 of principals are over 60
  • 2/3 working more than 60 hours a week, more than 40% working more than 66 hours
  • Stress levels up since 2015, notably levels of extreme stress doubled between 2015-2018
  • Morale declining

Key elements of the principals’ claim

  • 15% over a two year term
  • Access to professional supervision and mentoring
  • Increase in annual leave to 6 weeks
  • Professional development fund
  • Payment of practicing certificate fees
  • Improved access to relocation grant
  • Flexibility in appointment of leadership positions to Kahui Ako/Communities of learning

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