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80% Of Surveyed ECE Centres Say Pay Parity Deal Is Unaffordable

A survey of early childhood providers shows 80% can’t
opt-in to the proposed six step teacher Pay Parity proposed
by the Government.

Only 40% of those surveyed are
planning to opt-in to the Kindergarten Teachers Collective
Agreement pay scale the government is proposing, despite
being put in an uncertain and possibly illegal

Surveyed Early Childhood Council members
estimate losses of between $14,000 and $110,000 if they take
the pay deal, with one centre saying they’d have to pay
out $60,000 in wages despite receiving just $25,000 in

“Something’s seriously wrong when
there’s $170 million set aside in the Budget and centres
are finding it’s well short of the wages cost,” said ECC
CEO Peter Reynolds.

“Any centre knowingly signing up
to make a loss is literally breaking the law. Teachers
deserve and expect Pay Parity but yet again, providers being
hung out to dry to get there.”

Providers said that
taking the pay deal would mean increasing parent fees,
laying off teachers or support staff, asking managers to
work on the floor or cutting resources or maintenance.
Comments from those surveyed include:

  • “Can’t
    afford to lose quality teachers…also can’t afford to not
    opt in.”
  • “If we don’t, we could potentially
    lose all our teachers. If we do, we’ll have to reduce our
    teaching staff to minimum ratios compromising quality, or
    significantly increased fees to whanau – or a mixture of the
    two. This is a no-win, everyone loses
  • “Unsure about opting in, as all out
    team are on the highest step. Will be watching this very
    closely and seeing where we can cut back to try and make it

“We’re told there’s more detail
on the way – we hope the offer is being re-worked
completely,” said Mr Reynolds. “We’re certainly keen
to engage with officials to get this mess sorted

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