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Apparently quite a few teachers got tempted from the fold and voted for John Key in 2008… it’s hard to imagine many of them wanting to do so after the Novopay debacle.
But Novopay seem determined to make sure of it.
Not content with failing to pay large numbers of teachers it’s now persecuting those it overpaid; even when they give the money back.
So we have the case where they decided to pay a teacher who had been on maternity leave for 10 months. She realised it was an error, and put considerable effort to find out how to pay them the $1840 back (they didn’t know…), and did.
All good? Not with these incompetent clowns.
They’re chasing her for the $22.78 that they sent to her union. She never saw the money, so ignored the first letter. Now her husband gets woken early by a courier with a sign-for letter to announce the debt collectors are being brought in on her. Cost of letters + bringing in the debt collectors? You can’t be seeing much change out of that $22.78, even before you realise they’re not going to get money back that they never gave her…
But they’re also having debt collectors approach teachers at schools.
Now we were worrying about the impact on our kids education with stressed administration staff unable to provide support, principals diverted from teaching to deal with the debacle, and teachers’ minds not fully on the job as they worry where their next meal is coming from without the pay coming through…
But now they’ll be heading to class with the worry of what the debt collector who just stood over them will do. Right frame of mind to create an open learning environment anyone?
If they’ve overpaid it should be fairly easy (if you had a decent payroll system…) to remove it from subsequent pay packets. Not send the debt collectors in.
It’s already a farce, but they keep digging.
Joyce, the “Mr Fixit-Man”, is once again talking the good talk and sounding in control, but the problem isn’t getting any better – much like the Economy he’s meant to be Developing. And like his Economic Development, there doesn’t seem much of a plan, let alone results.
Can we sort it out please? I just want my child’s teachers to be able to concentrate on doing the fabulous job they do educating…