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Teachers' strike going ahead because meeting venues were booked

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Section
Politics Central,
Publish Date
Sunday, 11 November 2018, 4:24PM
Rolling strikes start tomorrow in Auckland before carrying on throughout the week. (Photo / NZ Herald)

The teachers' strike is going ahead tomorrow because the venues for union meetings were already booked.

The primary teachers' union offered that explanation when asked why the pay offer it received on Thursday wasn't enough to avert next week's action.

Principals and teachers will be rallying on more than 100 street corners in Auckland at 7.30am tomorrow, and will br holding mass meetings to consider the current situation later in the morning.

Other regions will follow throughout the week.

The NZEI's teacher lead negotiator Liam Rutherford told the Weekend Collective the offer came through really late in the piece.

"And so to that extent, we didn't consider calling off the strike because we've got venues booked around country."

Rutherford says they have been really flexible, but when you already have so many meeting venues booked, a half day to consider an offer is not enough.

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