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NZEI members are largely unconvinced about Joint Initiative

whyOver the past few weeks I’ve asked about 40-50 people whether they voted yes for NZEI’s Joint Initiative and if so, then why.

About half of those I asked said they voted yes, but every single one of them said they did that because they were told that it would be even worse if we didn’t or that they felt they had no choice. Not one could tell me a single good thing about JI and each one said they weren’t comfortable with it but felt pressured to vote yes.

Just think about that: I couldn’t find one person who said they felt it was going to be a good move and could say why.

I was told time and again that the Joint Initiative union meetings (PUMS) were the tensest people ever recalled having, and one group said they walked out of theirs in anger at what they felt was the union rep’s bullying of them to vote yes.

And I – someone who lives and breathes education policy – didn’t vote at all because the information we had to vote on was pathetic and I refuse to vote blind.

I guess the most telling thing in the end is that whist 78% of those WHO VOTED, voted yes, the turn out was a mere 40% of NZEI members. This means that only around 31% of NZEI members voted for JI, including all those who did so under pressure.

Hardly a mandate, is it?

So why are NZEI walking us into this? If there are good reasons then they have failed to convey them. If, as I suspect, it is being done because they fear there is no real choice and the Minister will force clusters of learning one way or another, then they need to be honest about that.

Because the other thing people keep reminding me is that NZEI members voted in huge numbers and with quite a determined voice to reject IES only months ago, and they are baffled why their union now appears to have rolled over.

NZEI, I love you for so many reasons, but on this one you have a lot of explaining to do.

~ Dianne Khan

About Save Our Schools NZ

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


2 thoughts on “NZEI members are largely unconvinced about Joint Initiative

  1. Perfectly said, Dianne.


    Posted by Alison | October 16, 2015, 5:39 pm
  2. We wanted to vote, but there was not an option available, hmmm just like the flag, the option we want is not available, when is this going to stop?


    Posted by Nickola | October 24, 2015, 9:22 am

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