New Zealand: Tens of Thousands of Teachers Strike to Protest Shortages, Low Pay

Source: Common Dreams

“An estimated 50,000 New Zealand educators walked off the job Thursday to demand better pay, improved working conditions, and more government support amid a worsening cost-of-living crisis and a teacher shortage that has left many questioning their future in the profession. The one-day nationwide strike, spearheaded by the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) and New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), kicked off after the trade unions rejected the Labour government’s offers on pay, benefits, and other issues as inadequate to meet the needs of educators who have been under massive strain since the coronavirus pandemic began three years ago. ‘I’m striking because the early years are the most important for our children,’ said kindergarten teacher Virginia Oakly, who joined tens of thousands of her fellow educators at Thursday’s demonstrations. ‘I’m striking because our kindergarten teachers currently don’t have enough sick leave,’ she added.” (03/16/23)