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Monday, March 26, 2007

State's offer 'an insult' to teachers

Teachers' unions and several other public sector unions in New Zealand have declared a deadlock in wage negotiations and will now consider declaring a dispute that could bring schooling to a standstill. The deadlock comes five months after unions submitted their wage demands to the Public Service and Administration Department. But after five rounds of negotiations, the department has refused to meet 70 percent of the unions' demands. SA Democratic Teachers Union's chief wage negotiator, Shireen Pardesi, said: "We are not willing to settle for anything less than what we have put on the table."