Teachers protest Novopay issues (+video & poll)

By Genevieve Helliwell

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``No, no Novopay''.

That was the chant being shouted this morning by education professionals in protest against the payroll system that is continuing to muck up the pay of teachers and support staff.

Today marks six months since the $26million payroll system was introduced.

About a dozen picketing teachers, support staff, administration staff and others were outside Simon Bridges' National office on Devonport Rd this morning, protesting the system they called Novopain.

One teacher said she had lost one pay but was protesting this morning more in support of her colleagues _ some of whom hadn't had a correct pay since Novopay was introduced.

"This is really unfair and it's concerning because we can see no end in sight. This is putting pressure on everyone. It's not a good time to be in education."

NZEI union immediate past president and principal of Tahatai School, Ian Leckie, said he had no confidence in the payroll system.

"Twenty four of my staff were underpaid or not paid in the last pay. That's 48 per cent of my staff and that's unacceptable.''

The protest was held from 7am to 8am this morning.




- Bay of Plenty Times

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