Teachers' MegaStrike Marches Tomorrow
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Posted May 28, 2019
Dubbed the ‘MegaStrike’, about 50,000 primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers will swap their classrooms for a march tomorrow as they protest chronic underfunding of education over the last decade which they believe has left teachers underpaid and overworked, meaning more teachers than ever are leaving the profession.
Teachers say this isn’t just about their livelihoods, this is about the future of children’s education.
They are struggling with over-assessment, red tape and box-ticking, and children are missing out on the one-on-one time they need with their teachers.
Both the PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa want the government to take bold action to make teaching a valued, respected and sustainable profession, so that New Zealand children can continue to have the educational opportunities that they need and deserve, with great, well-trained and well supported teachers.
Marches across New Zealand are being organised by the PPTA (representing secondary teachers) and NZEI Te Riu Roa (representing primary teachers and principals). Together, they represent nearly 50,000 teachers across Aotearoa.
Locally, family friendly marches have been organised in the Waihi, Thames and Whitianga areas.
The Waihi march gathers at the Wilson Road shopping centre at Waihi Beach at 10.30 am, before travelling to Waihi Town at 11.30 am to rally at the Pump House on Seddon St from 12 pm.
In Thames, marchers will be gathering at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre from 11.45 am, before beginning their march at 12 pm along Pollen St to Thames High School, past the TCDC and library building, down Cochrane St to Pollen St, and back to the Civic Centre.
At Whitianga marchers will gather at the Mercury Bay Rugby Club from 10 am to make signs and placards, before marching through town and back at midday.
This history making strike action is estimated to affect hundreds of thousands of students in more than 2000 schools across New Zealand.
PPTA members have also given authority for a five-week rolling strike across the country if the impasse is not resolved.