If unions don’t understand why they aren’t always well regarded they need look no further than this:
The teachers’ strike is going ahead tomorrow because the venues for union meetings were already booked.
The primary teachers’ union offered that explanation when asked why the pay offer it received on Thursday wasn’t enough to avert next week’s action. . .
The NZEI’s teacher lead negotiator Liam Rutherford told the Weekend Collective the offer came through really late in the piece.
“And so to that extent, we didn’t consider calling off the strike because we’ve got venues booked around country.”
Rutherford says they have been really flexible, but when you already have so many meeting venues booked, a half day to consider an offer is not enough. . .
The Employment Relations Authority recommends teachers accept the offer.
Teachers have a lot of sympathy for their claims not just for more pay but also for better conditions.
But continuing with strikes before considering the latest offer will do them and their cause absolutely no good.
That the union justifies continuing strike action because it has booked meeting rooms will erode sympathy further.
NZEI is letting teachers down and this nonsense supports the argument that too often unions do what’s good for unions, not their members.