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Stand Up, Fight Back! - Teachers Take To The Streets

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Kate Gainsford
Kate Gainsford

Thousands of secondary teachers marched, rallied and picketed throughout the country today to mark their frustration at government's failure to address their concerns.

Striking teachers held everything from mass rallies to cake stalls to draw attention to their claims for an education system to provide the best learning conditions for our students.

Wizards and witches, gorillas, musicians and even Daleks all took part in the action.

PPTA members voted overwhelmingly for today's strike after Secondary Teacher Collective Agreement (STCA) negotiations that started back in May, collapsed. It was the first PPTA strike in eight years.

PPTA president Kate Gainsford has had positive feedback about activities countrywide.

"Members have reported a great turnout for their activities, which shows how strong their belief is in investing in education - they have also reported fantastic support from the public, including messages of support from the resident doctors and radiographers who are also currently still in negotiations," she said.

A 1500 strong crowd marched to Parliament in Wellington and around 2000 took to the streets in Auckland.

Local politicians were lobbied, the Green Party and Labour attended, as did representatives from the CTU and NZEI.

Successful events were also held in a number of areas including Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Bay of Plenty, Masterton, Hamilton, Rotorua, Whangarei, Southland and the West Coast to name a few.

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