Education Minister Chris Hipkins will meet with representatives from the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) and NZEI Te Riu Roa in a bid to resolve pay disputes which led to a national teachers’ strike last Wednesday.

A deadlock in negotiations between educators and the Government over pay rises and workloads prompted more than half of New Zealand’s public schools to close their doors as teachers took to the streets for a “mega strike”. 

“I have invited the leaderships of the NZEI and PPTA unions to meet with me and the Ministry of Education,” Hipkins said in a release.

“The issues being raised by teachers are many, varied and complex.

“The Government is committed to taking action to address those concerns progressively over time.

“These talks, set down for Thursday 6 June, will focus on how we can do this,” Hipkins said.

Further strike action continued for secondary teachers this week as PPTA scheduled their ‘rostering home strikes’, where students of certain year levels are not taught for one day a week.

Yesterday, Year 9 students were left without teachers as part of the four-week initiative.

The strikes will continue for Year 10 students next Tuesday, Year 11 students on June 25, and Year 12 students on July 2.

Rolling regional strikes have also been scheduled across the country on June 17-21, as teachers prepare to walk off the job on a specific day of the week depending on where they live.