This week the NZEI union announced a significant decision. The latest vote of the union’s membership has directed strike action and this time it will be a joint strike of primary and secondary teachers on Wednesday 29 May.  This has never been experienced before.

Striking is not action that anyone takes lightly. We would prefer that settlement can quickly be reached through further negotiations, so that there is minimal disruption to our community. We hope that is still possible.

There has been a decade of neglect in school operations funding, in special education support services and in teacher resourcing.  For the future teaching workforce to continue to be of high quality, then the profession must be an attractive career option, salary and conditions are a part of achieving that.

The NZEI has advised the Upper Moutere School Board of Trustees that the principal and teachers at our school will be taking strike action from 12:01am to 11:59pm on Wednesday 29 May. The Board has carefully considered the availability of teaching staff, and unfortunately decided that we can’t provide the normal teaching services during the strike. The school will be closed. It’s important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children on the day of the strike, 29 May. There will be no-one at the school.  I know that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike, but please be assured that student safety is our main concern.  If there is any change in the decision to strike we will let you know on Monday 27 May.  Thank you for your understanding. Please contact Grant at the school or Dot at work (5433809 if you have any queries relating to this decision.