Science technician pay equity claim

Science technicians (and those doing same or similar work) in schools are currently the subject of a pay equity claim which seeks to ensure that they are receiving equitable remuneration for their work. Learn about the science technicians pay equity claim.

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  • Science technicians 
  • Boards of Trustees
  • Principals and tumuaki

About science technicians

School science technicians are responsible for the preparation, maintenance and operation of the practical equipment, the making and safe storage of solutions and the care and collection of biological specimens used in school science labs.

They instruct and assist teachers with practical skills, including class demonstrations and advanced techniques across all disciplines and assist students with equipment requests for individual projects. Health and safety in the school science laboratory is a key responsibility. 

Census data shows that of people who recorded their occupation as ‘school laboratory technician’, 81% (2013) and 84% (2018) were female.

How did the claim come about?

On 6 November 2020 NZEI Te Riu Roa raised a pay equity claim for science technicians and those people doing same or similar work in state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand.

What’s happening now?

We are currently reviewing the claim and sourcing the necessary information about the workforce to be able to determine arguability. A 20-working-day extension for this has been sought to allow us to gather all the necessary workforce data to be able to understand the scope of the claimants’ work and the workforce that is performing this work.

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