'This is all we've got' - Government pushed to limit on primary pay offer, says PM

The first day of primary teachers' rolling strikes saw members walk off the job across Auckland today. 

Members spent part of their day discussing the latest offer, said NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart.

"We have had some significant movements in both salaries and support for children with additional learning needs," she said.

However, she said members in Auckland expressed concern "about the package still not addressing issues of release time and class sizes. The quality of children's education is being impacted by our unmanageable workloads". 

The offer sees an average salary increase of about $9500 - $11,000 over three years.

"This would be a significant shift for members, although it is disappointing that the biggest portion of the increase would not take effect for two years," she said. 

Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she hoped teachers would take the deal. 

"Teachers haven't had a chance yet to vote on the last offer that was made before the strike action was taken," she said.

"It's not just about pay. This is all we've got, we've pushed ourselves as far as we can go. We have tried to listen to what the teachers have asked of us in this deal."

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    The latest deal was offered as primary teachers and principals start rolling strikes across the country. Source: 1 NEWS