The new Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 provides us with an additional avenue to pursue pay claims. This Act has received Royal assent and comes in to force on 6th November 2020. This Act allows individuals, not just unions, to put in equal pay claims. Individuals can appoint someone to represent them. There is a very clearly arguable case for qualified and certificated teachers working in ECE to have pay parity with all other teachers.
David Haynes is willing to act as the representative for any teacher to handle their individual claim.
David is preparing a claim that seeks a minimum of kindergarten teacher (KTCA) rates for all certificated teachers working in ECE. The claim includes additional pay elements from the recent Teacher Aides’ settlement. David will also be asking for any settlement that results from this claim to be backdated.
If you would like to proceed with a claim for pay parity under the new Equal Pay Amendment Act, please register your interest and David will be in touch with you.
Or scan the QR code to access the online form
To find out the current pay rates for kindergarten and non-kindergarten ECE teachers go to an article on Pay Scales, Wages and Salaries for Early Childhood Teachers - tap here.
The Pay Parity official campaign page on Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pay.parity
Find out what low pay means for retaining qualified teachers in NZ in this article by Melissa Dol: Forced to take my ECE qualification and experience overseas
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No teacher should be paid less than another teacher with identical qualifications and meeting the same professional requirements because they work in ECE. But it's a fact that ECE is not valued highly and teachers who work in ECE can be paid less - a lot less. It must not stay this way. It is time to stop taking for granted the goodwill and the kindness that teachers have for children and families, and make sure that they are no longer underpaid and undervalued because of the age of children and what licensed publicly-funded early childhood service they work in. Together, with your help we can change what might seem impossible, and make the impossible - possible. (Quote: Dr Sarah Alexander, 14 July 2019)
ChildForum got the ball rolling for a political and sector focus on achieving pay parity for ECE teachers. It organised the first national meeting in July 2019 in Wellington. At this meeting NZEI reps tried to get Sarah Alexander and ChildForum attendees to support its pay equity campaign (pay based on gender) and argued that pay parity (pay based on being a teacher) was not achievable. So, we realised it was up to us to work to generate interest, and do the research and thinking for pay parity. We formed a small pay parity steering group, and worked to transform thinking and create a sea change, thereby getting the issue of pay parity to the top of the political agenda.
NZEI reacted by ramping up its fair pay and pay equity campaigns. It also did not like James' pay parity petition run on Action Station and tried to interfere, however the petition gained more than 15,000 signatures. In November last year the Education Minister said "pay parity" on national television. Before then almost the only people saying "pay parity" were ChildForum. We are pleased to see NZEI now saying pay parity. It does not matter if NZEI claim credit (and victory) for getting pay parity on the political agenda. We all must work for the good of early childhood education. We would like to acknowledge David Haynes (a steering group member) for his skills and dedication to this cause, and for beavering away on complex matters (including regulations and kindergarten funding entitlement).
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari taku toa, takitini e (Success is not by the work of one, but by the work of many)
1. The Ministry of Education has the ability to implement pay parity now. It could use the mechanism of salary attestation to ensure teachers are paid at pay parity rates and it can do this as soon as the next funding round.
2. There are ECE service providers who agree to be accountable for matching wages to pay parity rates to receive funding at the same level as kindergartens.
3. The effects of an absence of pay parity for many ECE teachers is harmful to the quality of ECE for children and outcomes.
4. Government has a dominant influence on what teachers are paid in all ECE services, including privately-owned services.
5. The question to ask is not how much it will cost to fund pay parity, but when will the use of teachers as cheap labour to make cost savings in ECE, end?
6. The ECE teacher remuneration 2020 survey results show significant pay disparities. The report can be found at https://www.childforum.com/reports/1868-ece-workforce.html
7. Continuing to provide funding for ECE teachers to have pay parity only if they are employed by a Free Kindergarten Association is an unbalanced and unjust approach. The Kindergarten Regulations 1959 upon which a free kindergarten was defined as distinct from other early childhood centres do not exist anymore, all kindergartens now hold all-day licences just as other early childhood centres and teachers are required to hold identical qualifications and meet identical professional requirements. No kindergarten is publicly-owned – all kindergartens operate under the private ownership of community-based associations just as many other early childhood centres do.
Now there is political will for pay parity. It is incumbent on the Ministry of Education to advise government and do the work that needs to be done to see that pay parity is delivered.
We are now prompting and working with the Ministry to make sure it does its job.
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