Circular 2019/05 - Initiation of Bargaining Notice for Support Staff, Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists, Assistants to Teachers of Students with Severe Disabilities and Special Education Assistants

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for the renewal of the Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement and the Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD and Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement.

Date 24 May 2019 | Circular 2019/05 | Category Employment Relations

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for the renewal of two collective agreements: the Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement; and the Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD and Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement.

This circular does not replace any other.

The action needed is to bring the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining to the attention of all employees whose work may be covered by either of the proposed collective agreements, within ten days of receipt of the attached notice.

It is intended for Chairpersons of Boards of Trustees and Principals of all state and state-integrated primary, area and secondary schools.

For more information contact the New Zealand School Trustees Association about human resource issues generally on 0800 782 435. Email the Ministry of Education's Employment Relations Unit: employment.relations@education.govt.nz. All collective agreements for school staff can be found on the Ministry's website: www.education.govt.nz/collective-agreements/

Introduction

Section 43 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) requires that on receiving a notice of intention to bargain for a collective agreement under the Act, details of that notice are to be drawn to the attention of all employees who come within the coverage of the intended agreement within ten days of receiving that notice.

Notice of Initiation - support staff

On 20 May 2019 the Ministry of Education received formal notification from the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI Te Riu Roa) and E tū that they seek to renew the collective agreement covering support staff employed in any state or state integrated primary, area or secondary schools and who is employed by a Board of Trustees (excluding the Board of Trustees at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu). 

The intended parties to the collective agreement will be the NZEI Te Riu Roa, E tū and the Secretary for Education acting under the delegation from the State Services Commissioner. The agreement sought would bind all the employees defined who are, or become members of the NZEI Te Riu Roa and every board of trustees employing such employees coming within the coverage of the proposed collective agreement.

A copy of the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining for the Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement [PDF, 113 KB] needs to be provided as soon as possible to any employee(s) that may be covered by the renewed Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement.

Notice of Initiation - kaiarahi i te reo, therapists, assistants to teachers of students with severe disabilities, special education assistants

On 20 May 2019 the Ministry of Education received formal notification from the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI Te Riu Roa) that they seek to renew the collective agreement covering kaiarahi i te reo, therapists, assistants to teachers of students with severe disabilities and special education assistants employed in any state or state integrated primary, area or secondary schools and who is employed by a Board of Trustees (excluding the Board of Trustees at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu). 

The intended parties to the collective agreement will be the NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Secretary for Education acting under the delegation from the State Services Commissioner. The agreement sought would bind all the employees defined who are, or become members of the NZEI Te Riu Roa and every board of trustees employing such employees coming within the coverage of the proposed collective agreement.

A copy of the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining for the Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD and Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement [PDF, 95 KB] needs to be provided as soon as possible to any employee(s) that may be covered by the renewed Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD and Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement.

Issued by

Nick Kyrke-Smith, Senior Manager Employment Relations, Education Workforce, Early Learning and Student Achievement
Ministry of Education, National Office, Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140, New Zealand, Phone 04-463 8000, Email employment.relations@education.govt.nz

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