25 Mar 2014

Primary school staff holding stopworks

10:47 am on 25 March 2014

Primary school support staff have begun a round of stopworks aimed at improving their pay and conditions.

The primary teachers union, the NZEI, says they are seeking pay rises that would move them towards a living wage, which has been estimated as $18.80 an hour.

The union says about 45 percent of 24,000 school support workers are on wages much lower than that, with many paid little more than the minimum wage of $14.25.

Support workers include teacher aides and administrative staff.

The stopworks, which began on Monday, are due to end on Friday next week.