Educators have taken their frustration and disappointment to the top - meeting with the government over pay worries.
Some workers are furious about a government directive that means those in the public sector earning more than $60,000 will only get a pay rise in exceptional circumstances, for the next three years.
There is nothing for anyone in the bracket above $100,000. The government has denied it's a freeze, and says it's about equity and raising the wages of workers making $50,000 or less.
That is about 25 percent of public servants. NZEI - the union for primary school teachers - met with minister Chris Hipkins today.
The union's national secretary Paul Goulter talks to Lisa Owen.