13 May 2019

Teachers' combined strike a 'massive fail' by govt - Simon Bridges

From Morning Report, 7:40 am on 13 May 2019

Primary and secondary teachers will walk off the job for one day on May 29 in what will be the largest ever industrial action taken by teachers, involving almost 50,000 union members. The Education Minister is frustrated by the stand-off but insists there is no more money in the budget for teachers. Chris Hipkins is also laying the blame for the impasse at National's feet, saying there was "gross mismanagement of the sector over nine years" and that the previous government "bottled it" by failing to tackle the serious problems in the sector. The leader of the National Party, Simon Bridges, joins Susie Ferguson with his response.