Teacher aide pay equity claim Updates


Teacher aide pay equity claim ratified and new IEA available for non-union teacher aides

NZSTA is pleased to announce that NZEI Te Riu Roa members have ratified (agreed to) a variation to the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement that includes the teacher aide pay equity settlement outcomes.

The settlement applies to all staff designated as teacher aides at state and state-integrated schools and kura. 

In November 2020 NZEI Te Riu Roa members will automatically receive the new pay equity rates and back-pay (backdated from 12 February 2020) through the Collective Agreement. Schools will receive additional pay equity operational funding to meet the cost of these new rates.

If schools and kura do not use the additional pay equity funding for this specific purpose then the Ministry will recover these funds.

You are expected to offer all teacher aides who are not union members an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), so they can access the settlement and receive the new pay rates in November. This will need to be done by term 3.

This has been a positive and collaborative effort alongside the Ministry and NZEI Te Riu Roa, and we are committed to developing guidance, resources, tools, and support for all School Boards of Trustees.

Our priority is to help members understand these changes from the settlement outcomes and provide support in ensuring that all teacher aides have access to the benefits of this settlement and good employer practice. 

NZSTA recommends that schools and kura engage with their teacher aide staff now ensure preparedness for the transition to the new pay equity rates.

The link to the new IEA and the Ministry’s circular are linked.

To download the cover letter, click here.

More information will be available early in Term 3 from The Ministry’s website https://www.education.govt.nz/school/people-and-employment/pay-equity/teacher-aide-pay-equity-claim/  

For further advice and guidance please contact our Advisory and Support Centre on 0800 782 435.

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