Joyce: Novopay likely to stay
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 6:14p.m.
By Tova O'Brien
Teachers and school staff look likely to be stuck with the problem-prone payroll system Novopay.
The minister tasked with fixing the mess, Steven Joyce, has today revealed he is leaning toward keeping the system.
But, he admits whatever he does, schools can expect more pain.
Over the last week, Mr Joyce has met with the Education Ministry and with Novopay’s creators, Australian company Talent2, to try and sort out the issues with the system which has suffered failures every pay round since its inception.
Today, he visited two schools in Wellington to discuss the issue with their principles. Northland School principle Jeremy Edwards told 3 News Mr Joyce has a big task ahead of him.
“The big issue for us is the time delay it's taking for inaccuracies to be corrected and the amount of forms and paperwork we have to fill in,” he says.
Mr Joyce says schools and teachers – who are understandably frustrated - need to get used to Novopay, which looks likely to stay.
“My sense is it's probably more likely to stay […] at this point. I'm not going to rule out any option and I'm not going to rule in any option at this point.
“I would say that there are no options that don't involve some continued pain for a period while things get sorted.”
Labour says the Government is relying too heavily on Mr Joyce’s role as a ‘fix-it’ minister.
“Mr Fix-It has quickly morphed into Mr Excuses, and I think schools want to be told that this problem's going to be fixed. They don't want to be told this problem's going to go on for years and years,” says Labour’s Chris Hipkins.
There is no indication as to how long this could go on and - despite Mr Joyce promising an inquiry at some stage - there is no deadline for a decision.
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1/02/2013 11:27:03 a.m.
Yep STRIKE sounds like the only option to fix this eff-up.
29/01/2013 1:45:00 p.m.
ALL teachers need to go on STRIKE NOW. We as parents of their students need to stand p with the teachers and DEMAND a change. This is ridiculous and is certainly NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! Sack the damn lot of them, get Talent2 to refund our blimmin money and go back to the old way...transferring money from one acct to another is NOT THAT HARD...chris, my 6 yr old could do it with no problems!!! JOYCE: you are a cop out scab. Pathetic. I am so disgusted with our Government. I have never regretted voting for a party before, but quite frankly, this Govt has been a disaster...which it shouldnt have been. PM Key has brains, he is successful, so why is this Govt doing so badly? Yes, CHCH gave us financial struggles, thats 'ok', they did a good job with that, cant be helped etc etc... But our Ed system? That effed parata? More like pariah... Sack her, sack the losers who are standing on all NZers to further their own selfish goals. These are our ELECTED officials. When are we going to take a stand and FORCE the issue? I will say it again, ALL TEACHERS and their supporters MUST STRIKE ASAP. That is the only way to get through to these buggers. Its not like the teachers will be missing,out on their pay... They are at that point now!! I am surprised this hasnt already happened. :/
28/01/2013 11:50:33 p.m.
clearly the teacher have no voice.
28/01/2013 10:15:14 p.m.
Another underarm bowl by the Aussie Novopay company Talent2 and a dumb Kiwi Tory government that obviously didn't do its homework!
28/01/2013 7:42:48 p.m.
Ah-oh!Looks like get used to the incompetence of Talent-less2.Next is a waiting game to see when the payroll pariahs bungle things once again.Not forgetting the SoY, (start of year) pay run looms on the horizon in the next couple of weeks.This fiasco appears like it will drag on like Kim Dot Com, still,I'll keep my fingers crossed and stay hopeful for the education staff and the students they teach....(Bet the Novopay crowd really feel like they were put on notice now...not!).
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