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Liam Rutherford

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Latest 28 Jan 2023 | Updated Daily

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Liam Rutherford: NZEI President says the Government's attempt to fix workforce shortages has missed the mark

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Our largest education union says the Government's attempt to fix workforce shortages has missed the mark. Labour has announced up to one thousand new teachers will be recruited, mostly from overseas and more scholarships will be funded for people wanting to become teachers mid-career. NZEI President Liam Rutherford told Kate Hawkesby things have changed since 30 years ago when funding systems were set up. He says there are some roles which aren't being filled. Rutherford says we don't have the right specialist roles like speech language therapists and education psychologists and in the current environment it's kids who are missing out. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3mins

14 Sep 2022

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Liam Rutherford: NZEI president on figures showing relief teachers leaving industry in droves

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Figures show relief teachers are leaving the job in droves. The number of available substitutes has dropped by a third. NZEI president Liam Rutherford told Heather du Plessis-Allan Covid's meant people are searching for more secure employment. “A large part of our reliever workforce is made up of people returning from paternity leave. There’s also an increasing number of people who haven’t found their first full-time job that end up in relieving.” LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4mins

27 Jul 2022

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Liam Rutherford: Primary teacher union NZEI president says his industry welcomes Fair Pay Agreement decision

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Mixed reaction to the Government's decision to push ahead with Fair Pay Agreements. The bill was submitted to Parliament yesterday - in a bid by the Government to lift incomes and improve working conditions.  It would allow employees to force negotiations with employers, if 10 percent of the workforce, or a thousand workers, agree. Primary teacher union NZEI president Liam Rutherford told Kate Hawkesby early childhood is one sector welcoming this news. He says they can use Fair Pay Agreements to attract and retain teachers in the system. LISTEN ABOVE

2mins

29 Mar 2022

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Liam Rutherford: Primary teacher union NZEI president says his industry welcomes Fair Pay Agreement decision

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Mixed reaction to the Government's decision to push ahead with Fair Pay Agreements. The bill was submitted to Parliament yesterday - in a bid by the Government to lift incomes and improve working conditions.  It would allow employees to force negotiations with employers, if 10 percent of the workforce, or a thousand workers, agree. Primary teacher union NZEI president Liam Rutherford told Kate Hawkesby early childhood is one sector welcoming this news. He says they can use Fair Pay Agreements to attract and retain teachers in the system. LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2mins

29 Mar 2022

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Liam Rutherford: NZEI President says it's unclear what school will look like when more people are close contacts

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Anxiety about Omicron as schools prepare to welcome back students for the start of Term One.Most students are returning this week under the Red Traffic Light setting.Teachers and students in years four and up will need to wear masks indoors, and teachers must be vaccinated.President of primary teachers' union NZEI Liam Rutherford told Roman Travers while school closures will be rare, it's unclear what school will look like when more people are identified as close contacts.“Schools are bracing themselves for how you keep your school open when you’ve got a large chunk of your staff or a large chunk of your students all close contacts or with Covid.”LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4mins

30 Jan 2022

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Liam Rutherford: NZEI President says it's unclear what school will look like when more people are close contacts

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Anxiety about Omicron as schools prepare to welcome back students for the start of Term One.Most students are returning this week under the Red Traffic Light setting.Teachers and students in years four and up will need to wear masks indoors, and teachers must be vaccinated.President of primary teachers' union NZEI Liam Rutherford told Roman Travers while school closures will be rare, it's unclear what school will look like when more people are identified as close contacts.“Schools are bracing themselves for how you keep your school open when you’ve got a large chunk of your staff or a large chunk of your students all close contacts or with Covid.”LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4mins

30 Jan 2022

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Liam Rutherford: NZEI President says he has been told by principals there are schools where not every teacher has been vaccinated

Covid Watch

The union representing primary school teachers is stopping short of asking for compulsory vaccinations, but is encouraging staff to get them. The Government says Auckland schools will probably reopen after the holidays, on October 18, but there are few details so far. NZEI President Liam Rutherford, told Mike Yardley principals have told him there are schools where not all staff have had the jab. He says the organisation is not calling for vaccine mandates. "But at the same time, we are encouraging absolutely everybody to go out and get vaccinated. It is the greatest tool we have to keep ourselves safe." LISTEN ABOVE

4mins

4 Oct 2021

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Liam Rutherford: NZEI President says he has been told by principals there are schools where not every teacher has been vaccinated

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

The union representing primary school teachers is stopping short of asking for compulsory vaccinations, but is encouraging staff to get them. The Government says Auckland schools will probably reopen after the holidays, on October 18, but there are few details so far. NZEI President Liam Rutherford, told Mike Yardley principals have told him there are schools where not all staff have had the jab. He says the organisation is not calling for vaccine mandates. "But at the same time, we are encouraging absolutely everybody to go out and get vaccinated. It is the greatest tool we have to keep ourselves safe." LISTEN ABOVE

4mins

4 Oct 2021

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Liam Rutherford: Why NEZI don't want the school holidays moved

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Auckland parents are begging schools to bring the holidays forward, so they fall during lockdown rather than during lockdown.President of New Zealand Educational Institute Liam Rutherford says it will mean a really long term four.He says last lockdown, a lot of wellbeing issues didn't come when kids were back in classrooms but weeks later.LISTEN ABOVE

1min

15 Sep 2021

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Liam Rutherford: Why NEZI don't want the school holidays moved

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Auckland parents are begging schools to bring the holidays forward, so they fall during lockdown rather than during lockdown.President of New Zealand Educational Institute Liam Rutherford says it will mean a really long term four.He says last lockdown, a lot of wellbeing issues didn't come when kids were back in classrooms but weeks later.LISTEN ABOVE

1min

15 Sep 2021

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