According to a PPTA statement, teachers are calling on the government to come back with an offer that "genuinely addresses teacher shortages and excessive workload before paid union meetings begin on 7 November".
“Secondary schools are facing an unprecedented shortage of the trained, expert quality teachers that our young people need. We can’t accept this offer: it would leave secondary teaching on the downward trajectory that it’s been on for the last decade, with the attractiveness and sustainability of this great profession being eroded further," PPTA president Jack Boyle said.
PPTA members made a claim for significant improvements to pay and conditions in August this year, on the basis of "a crisis of secondary teacher shortages and the compounding impact of unsustainable teacher workload".
“The government’s offer doesn’t touch the sides of addressing the problem,” Boyle said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education released a statement saying it had made "a good offer".
"The offer moves beginner teachers’ base salaries from $51,200 to $55,137 and base salaries for those at the top of the scale from $78,000 to $85,233," Deputy Secretary Ellen MacGregor Reid said.
"This is a 9.3% increase for the majority of secondary school teachers."
PPTA has requested a second offer from the government to take out to members at its paid union meetings.
If that offer is not forthcoming or is inadequate, members will be voting on industrial action, the stament said.
“We strongly support the government’s intentions to make sure all learners in New Zealand have high quality and personalised learning opportunties to set them on a path for a great life beyond school. It is deeply disappointing that the challenges facing secondary schools are going to undermine this work. Support for our teaching workforce is urgently needed to bring out the best in our young people," Boyle said.
Both parties have stated that negotiations will continue.