25 Jan 2013

School teachers to go on strike

3:25 pm on 25 January 2013

Primary school teachers in Christchurch will strike on 19 February, a day after Education Minister Hekia Parata is scheduled to make an announcement on the future of schools in the region.

Teachers' union the New Zealand Education Institute formally requested the minister last year to halt plans to close and merge various schools to allow more consultation.

The request was denied and the NZEI said on Friday that teachers will strike, regardless of the Ms Parata's announcement.

Spokesperson Sandra Spekriejse said that while the members have not decided what form the strike will take, it will be only the first in a series of actions because they have not been listened to.