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Full day of strike action for primary teachers and principals

Wellington primary teachers and principals will join a nationwide day of strike action on Wednesday 15 August.

A clear majority of teachers and principals voted through their member groups for a full day’s action, according to the teachers’ union, the  New Zealand Educational Institute.

The NZEI has been asking for improved working conditions and a 16 percent pay rise, since talks began in May with the Ministry of Education.

It will be 24 years since any teacher union went on strike.

NZEI and the Ministry of Education agreed yesterday to enter mediation over collective agreement negotiations.