Paid Union Meeting Information

Paid Union Meeting Information
Dear Berkley Parents and Caregivers IMPORTANT MESSAGE – RE PAID UNION MEETING Monday 12 September – 9. 00am – 11.30am We have been advised that on Monday 12 September, Berkley teachers and support staff will be required to attend a paid union meeting, starting at 9.00am.  As a result, Berkley will not start classes until 11.45am but will finish at the normal time of 3.15pm. On 12 September we encourage you to keep your child at home until 11.15am.  While we appreciate that for many parents/caregivers the timing of this meeting will cause some inconvenience, we want to stress that these type of meetings are out of our control.  We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your support. Following is a message for parents/caregivers from the NZEI (The Primary Teachers Union) which outlines the reasons for these meetings. The Government has announced a proposal to dramatically change the way schools are funded. Principals and Boards of Trustees would have to make trade-offs between teaching staff and other costs schools face. Staff are very worried that the global budget would lead to: 
  • fewer teachers and larger class sizes
  • lower quality teaching
  • fewer hours for teacher aides and support staff
  • more complex financial work for Boards of Trustees
The Government's current funding review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better fund education. NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA are the unions that represent more than 60,000 teachers and support staff from birth to year 13.  All members are expected to attend meetings in September to hear more about the proposal and help determine the education sector’s response. The meetings are paid union meetings and it is important for union members in each school to attend to have a say about how we get better funding, not bulk funding.   While this is an inconvenience at this point in time, we are hoping for a positive outcome which will enhance the learning opportunities for your children, and the future of our New Zealand education system.

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