PPTA deserts Labour? Supports National?

In the news today was the?announcement?that the PPTA has ratified the offer made to them by the government.

Secondary school teachers have today reached a realistic settlement in an “earthquake-stricken economy”, their union says.

The Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) and the Ministry of Education had been negotiating since last year in an acrimonious dispute over pay and conditions that led to several days of strike action in the last school year.

PPTA members voted for the agreement with 86 per cent in support.

Good on the PPTA for realising the obvious. Whilst the NZPF was sticking their fingers in the aor to the government over the weekend the PPTA was signing an agreement with them.

What is intersting though is their press release which says at the end of it:

The agreement signalled a major change because PPTA were able to negotiate pay scales to best suit secondary teachers rather than having them determined by the NZEI primary entrenchment clause.

?This could not have been achieved under a Labour government,? he said.

The press release clearly shows how out of sorts the NZEI and NZPF are from the rest of the country. Perhaps National should offer affiliate memberships to the party to cater for the union vote.

It just goes to show that despite Labour and the other education sector unions trying to paint Anne Tolley as an ignoramus that she has effectively bashed them into submission. John Hartevelt in the SST makes the point:

THEY USED to mock Anne Tolley. They used to laugh at her rambling, head-scratching monologues and wonder at how she had made it to such an important job. They used to say she was not up to it and that she would surely get the flick from her boss, John Key.

But the joke is not so funny any more. Anne Tolley has turned in to this government’s great survivor.

She has seen off four Labour Party pretenders to her job and, after two years of battening down the hatches, the minister of education is finally on the front foot.

Besides dispatching Chris Carter, Trevor Mallard, Darren Hughes and the short-term acting spokesman, David Shearer, Tolley has also witnessed the backs of arch union leader critics Kate Gainsford and Frances Nelson.

She has stared down endless and noisy criticism of her flagship national standards to the point that she is confident enough to show up at this weekend’s meeting of the Principals’ Federation and tell them all about a controversial new policy she’s pushing to fast-track teachers into the job.

Things are starting to look up. Now if the State Services Minister could learn from this and start the bash on t he PSA.