No good faith in strike threat


Primary teachers in Christchurch are planning to strike in February, a day after Education Minister Hekia Parata is scheduled to make an announcement on the future of schools in the region:

Union spokesperson Sandra Spekriejse said that while the members have not decided what form the strike will take, it will be only the first in a series of actions because they have not been listened to. . .

How can they say they haven’t been listened to when they don’t know what’s in the announcement?

The Ministry of Education made a dogs’ breakfast of the start of the process.

That may or may not have anything to do with John Armstrong’s description of the ministry as highly dysfunctional and teacher union-driven.

But regardless of the ministry’s incompetency in this process,  there’s been a lot of consultation and plenty of opportunity for submissions since the initial announcement.

If the union had any notion of acting in good faith it would wait until the announcement is made before taking strike action which will disadvantage pupils who have already had more than enough disruption from the earthquakes.

They would also accept that there are far more places available in Christchurch schools than pupils available. The sooner there is certainty over which schools stay open, which merge and which close, the better for the pupils, the staff and the school communities.

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