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Pay offer for school support staff

More than 30,000 school support staff are set to receive a significant pay rise, bringing their earnings in line with the Government’s 2019 ‘living wage’ rate.

Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted said the Ministry of Education was offering the 2019 living wage to more than 17,000 employees who were earning below the wage setting.

“For those people on the minimum wage, this is a substantial 19.5 per cent increase.

Those staff who are earning $21.15 an hour currently will also benefit from a three per cent increase to their pay,” Ms Holsted said.

“A further three per cent increase will follow 12 months later for all school support staff under this agreement.”

She said if the offer was accepted by the NZ Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa members, the pay increase would be backdated to 29 November, with payment of the new rates from March 2020.

“Included in the settlement is a teacher aide learning and development fund of $790,000 over the term of the Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement,” Ms Holsted said.

“The Ministry, NZEI Te Riu Roa and the New Zealand Board of Trustees Association have been working hard to come to an agreement.”

“We are committed to addressing low pay and this is a step towards ensuring that all New Zealanders receive fairer pay and employment conditions.”

She said the partners were also working to resolve other issues raised by support staff and kaiārahi. This included the pay equity claim for teacher aides, which was close to settlement phase.