Cut public spending then we can have tax cuts! It’s such a nice, appealing slogan when you say it fast without engaging the brain. The reality though is real people who spend their lives working for the greater good are losing their jobs and seeing their incomes fall, and the services they produce will suffer as a result. This guest post shows what a fight public sector workers have on their hands:
Teacher aides, school administration staff, school librarians and all other School Support Staff are negotiating the first employment agreement under the new government this week.
It’s taken months to get the Government to the table to address our key issues – fair pay and job security.
No 21st century school can run without Support Staff, and they are critical to support children’s individual learning needs. Yet many teacher aides, for example, are on as little as $12.94 an hour, less than they would earn as a supermarket checkout operator!!! Most Support Staff workers work and get paid term time only eg (40 weeks per year) .
We’re fighting with our union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, for a fair deal – you can find out more at www.fairdeal.org.nz
– G [not sure if you were comfortable with your full name being used]