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 is time to stop taking for granted the goodwill and the kindness that teachers have for children, families, and their employer and ensure no teacher in ECE is underpaid. (Quote: Dr Sarah Alexander, 14 July 2019).
Our position is that all teachers whose qualifications are recognised for working in publicly-funded licensed ECE services must not be paid less than what a teacher who works at primary or secondary level is paid.
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Check the names of service providers who are prepared to pass on funding for pay parity to their teachers and have agreed to be held accountable. Unfortunately while many other service providers may say they want more funding and support pay parity, they have not agreed to be held accountable to pass on funding and pay their teachers at pay parity rates.
We got the ball rolling for a political and sector focus on achieving pay parity for ECE teachers. We organised the first national meeting in July 2019 in Wellington. At this meeting NZEI reps tried to get us 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.
In May 2020 the Government announced that the minimum salary attestation rate for teachers in teacher-led centres would change from being based on the first step of pay for a teacher under the Early Childhood Collective Agreement to instead to be based on the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Collective Agreement. The Education Minister has stated he supports Pay Parity.
> The Pay Parity Petition Petition - find out more and see who signed
> The names of ECE services who support Pay Parity for their teaching staff
> The ECE Pay Parity Book - read online or print a copy
> Open Letter by teachers to Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern and to Hon Chris Hipkins
Stuff article: Same qualifications, same duties, different pay
Stuff article: Teachers are teachers
Stuff article: Our pay is the lowest of the low
NZ Herald opinion: Why would anyone mind low pay and hours of unpaid work when stepping into the shoes of an early childhood teacher
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.
We are aiming to get funding to employers who agree to pay all their qualified and certificated teachers at least at the KTCA rates.
We are encouraging the Minister and the Government to introduce requirements for attestation of payment of teacher wages/salaries on higher salary steps in accordance with the KTCA.
The new Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 provides us with an additional avenue to pursue pay claims. The 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. Mr David Haynes is representing teachers to make their individual claim should they wish to be represented. David has prepared 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. Tap or click here to go to the online registration form Or scan the QR code to access the online form.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari, he toa takitini (Success is not by the work of one, but by the work of many)
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