Carmel College teacher Tina Peters is striking because she is disappointed.
"Disappointed about the respect," she said. "They set up all these taskforces to look at this and that - and this is all we've got in the end."
Peters, a 39-year-old solo mum with an 11-year-old son, worked as a colour consultant and had an art gallery before deciding to go teaching "because I like kids".
"I had other jobs that were less demanding, with pay that is on a par," she said.
She was excited by the rhetoric from Labour and NZ First politicians before the last election,