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Hey Teachers – Join Your Union

Labour UnionsThere are so many issues facing educators in New Zealand right now, from the swift privatisation of ECE to the increased working hours and everything in between.

Here are just some of the things causing concern across the sector:

  • Performance pay looming
  • Contract issues such as over-use and misuse of fixed term contracts
  • Unqualified teachers
  • National Standards/NCEA robustness
  • Working hours
  • Increased paperwork and admin tasks
  • Privatisation of the education sector
  • IES/Better Plan
  • Support for special educational needs
  • School funding
  • Socio-economic inequities

The list goes on.

Join Your Union
Being in the union starts as low as $2.29 per fortnight, and those on temporary leave from the sector for whatever reason can take our honourary membership at a lower cost still.

Click for details about joining NZEI and joining PPTA..

Independent School staff can join ISEA

Collective Benefits

Our unions are working on these issues constantly. It is worth being in the union to support that work and to have a voice in the union’s stance.

Personal Benefits

don't panic organiseBeing a union member gives you help when you need it most, whether that’s advice on your contract, help dealing with a work dispute, access to a lawyer for personal issues, ongoing professional development, or professional networks.

PPTA also has the membership assistance fund, which offers loans to help those who are in need of short-term financial help.

In many ways, union membership is like insurance – you don’t realise how valuable it is until you need it and it isn’t there.

Together we are stronger.

Please pass this info to new teachers or anyone who may not yet be a member.

~ Dianne

NOTE: This post was not paid for or sponsored or prompted by any union.

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"One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds." Gandhi


7 thoughts on “Hey Teachers – Join Your Union

  1. Is this the union that has eroded my working conditions, made me a second class citizen in my own profession, claimed to be ignoring IES while working on alternatives with the Ministry, appointed nominations to EDUCANZ in almost total secrecy and arrives at stop work meetings with what they want me to vote on already decided?


    Posted by Greg | April 14, 2015, 10:50 am
    • I would say we are our unions, Gregory, so we must challenge them when they do things we don’t agree with. I have, and will continue to do so. Both PPTA and NZEI have had earfuls from me over the years, but our job is not to just follow them blindly but to be heard by them so they can act on the needs of as many members as possible.

      I sometimes wish I could be in both unions, as I support one on this issue and one on that… (IES and EDUCANZ being perfect examples)

      Regards, Dianne


      Posted by Save Our Schools NZ | April 14, 2015, 12:38 pm
  2. Thanks Dianne.


    Posted by Alison. | April 14, 2015, 10:51 am
  3. Thanks for this great post. Just to add that teachers working for Independent Schools can join ISEA


    Posted by iseanz | April 14, 2015, 10:59 am
  4. I like that fish picture.


    Posted by calebmorgan | April 15, 2015, 12:57 am
  5. Why are there still more than one????? Surely one is stronger. Also, private school teachers’ conditions piggy-back onto whatever conditions the other unions negotiate. What a waste of resources.


    Posted by Kaye | April 15, 2015, 2:24 pm

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