Picketers say 'no more novopain'

Educators throughout the country sent a message loud and clear to National MPs that relief from Novopay Novopain is urgently needed.

Hamilton East MP David Bennett was nowhere to be seen when close to 50 school staff and supporters gathered outside his office on Tuesday to mark six months since the Novopay system was introduced.

School staff and supporters are calling on Government MPs to show more commitment to helping schools caught up in the Novopay debacle.

Waikato New Zealand Education Institute branch president Karen Morrison says the situation is showing no signs of improvement and has, in fact, got worse for some schools.

"I know of a local school administrator who had to come back a week early at the beginning of the year, only to find out that the information she provided had dropped off the system," she says.

"It is incredibly frustrating and demoralising for school support staff who are working hours above and beyond what they are being paid for."

NZEI wants the Government to agree to a reasonable, low-cost package of support measures for schools, and to ensure adequate staffing and service levels at Novopay and the Ministry of Education.

- Hamilton News

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