Pay Equity

Pay equity stories: Mel’s story

By Melissa Schwalger 24 January, 2018

“I think people see us as just performing our natural womanly instinct to care and nurture. There is a common perception that ECE is not ‘proper teaching’; that it’s just glorified child minding. I get that reaction all the time to my job and it drives me crazy. I worked my butt off to educate myself on all that theory and pedagogy. But after four years and two degrees in a BA/BTeach I graduated into a marketplace that deemed me worth the same as a data entry operator or a mail room clerk.”

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Pay equity stories: Maryann’s story

By Melissa Schwalger 16 January, 2018

“I love my job.  I love seeing the children I work with achieve their goals and develop and grow. My goal is to see Support Staff and particularly TAs paid a fair wage for the work they do.”

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Pay equity changes with new government

By Kate Drury 21 November, 2017

Pay equity claims for NZEI support staff in schools and staff in early childhood have new hope with the change in Government. An early childhood teacher and a teacher aide share their stories about how pay equity would make a difference to their lives.

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Seeking wage justice

By Rebecca Matthews-Heron 25 July, 2017

There are exciting times ahead for education workers in female-dominated roles with low pay. Following the $2 billion provision in the budget to settle the ground-breaking Kristine Bartlett case for…

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Teacher aides join the fight

By Rebecca Matthews-Heron 25 July, 2017

There are exciting times ahead for education workers in female-dominated roles with low pay. Following the $2 billion provision in the budget to settle the ground-breaking Kristine Bartlett case for…

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