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Teacher Pay Packets Boosted

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Thousands of teachers will receive pay rises from today (July 2nd) following the successful settlement of a number of collective agreements last year.

The agreements, which were among the largest ever set of pay deals in the education sector, were negotiated by the education union NZEI Te Riu Roa.

They affect more than 30,000 kindergarten, primary teachers and principals and deliver a 4% annual pay increase for up to three years, depending on the agreement expiry date for each group. Many early childhood teachers, as well as non-teaching early childhood staff, will also be receiving increases.

The 4% increase will bring the starting salary for a beginning primary school teacher for example, to $42,642.

NZEI President Frances Nelson is pleased the government and employers have acknowledged the need to better recognise teachers. She says that recognition will go some way towards addressing critical issues such as teacher retention and supply, and ultimately benefit children and their learning. "Employees' working conditions in education are children's' learning conditions," Ms Nelson says.

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