Payroll Advice for Industrial Action on 29 May 2019

On Wednesday 29 May 2019, many school employees may participate in industrial action. This impacts employees who are covered by the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement, Primary Principals' Collective Agreement, Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement and Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement.

Information on the strike can be found on the NZEI and PPTA websites.

Advice for Boards of Trustees can be found on the NZSTA website.

Authorised Users who have staff at their school covered by these Collective Agreements will be emailed a spreadsheet to complete and return. The spreadsheet will be emailed on the day of the strike - it cannot be sent earlier.

Please follow the instructions and return via email to returns.industrialaction@edpay.nz no later than 5pm 30 May 2019.

This needs to be returned even if there are no changes, and can be sent from a non-authorised email address.

Please note:

  • This mailbox will not be monitored for feedback. Please only send through the spreadsheet.
  • You must return the spreadsheet in the format provided. We cannot accept PDFs, Google Docs, photos, etc.

ADDITIONAL FAQ

What do I need to do for the strike?

Please refer to the NZSTA guidance (https://www.nzsta.org.nz/latest-news/guidance-for-boards-on-nzei-and-ppta-strikes/). For payroll, the most important thing is to return the strike spreadsheet by 5pm the day after your school employees go on strike.

What should I advise our teachers or Principal who are striking?

You should advise them that they will not be paid for the hours that they are on strike. If they have any queries they should contact their union.

What if I have a teacher or Principal who does not want to strike?

If union members at your school indicate they do not want to/don't intend to strike, you should seek advice from NZSTA. Employees should be referred to their union.

Mark down on the spreadsheet sent by EPL all members who did not strike using an 'X'.

Can my non-teachers strike?

No. Only union members who are covered by the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement, Primary Principals' Collective Agreement, Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement and Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement can go on strike.

If an employee who is not a union member covered by the above agreements withdraws their labour during the strike, you will need to either load Leave Without Pay (for auto-paid employees) or not submit a timesheet for those hours (for timesheet employees). Please seek advice from NZSTA if you believe disciplinary action should follow.

If my school closes due to the strike, do my non-striking employees still get paid?

Yes. Non-striking employees will be paid regardless of whether or not their school closes. For more information, refer to the NZSTA guidance (https://www.nzsta.org.nz/latest-news/guidance-for-boards-on-nzei-and-ppta-strikes/).

How much will my employees be deducted for strike?

All teachers will have their annual salary and allowances broken down into an hourly rate over a 40 hour week (annual rate divided by 365 for the daily rate, then divided by 8 for the hourly rate).

Full-time teachers:

Full-time teachers will have 8 hours deducted.

Part-time teachers:

Schools will tell Education Payroll how many hours their part-time teachers would normally have worked during the duration of the strike, and only those hours will be deducted.