Novopay teachers 'deserted' - Labour
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 2:25p.m.
Labour is calling on Cabinet ministers to cut short their summer holidays and get back to work to fix the problems with Novopay.
Today is the last payday before Christmas for teachers and support staff, and once again there's been a slew of problems.
Education Minister Hekia Parata is on holiday and her Associate Minister Craig Foss is directing all media calls to the Ministry.
Labour Party MP Chris Hipkins says they need to be back at their desks.
“I think they should be in their offices asking some really serious questions, about whether Novopay will ever be able to deliver an on-time, accurate payroll system,” he told RadioLIVE this afternoon.
“If it can’t, they need to be looking now at what they’re going to do about it.”
The Ministry of Education says 43,000 payments were made overnight, but they won't know how many errors were made until later today.
The principal of Auckland's Snells Beach School, Jill Corkin, told Radio New Zealand new issues had arisen in the latest pay round, with teacher aides overpaid.
She says that was unexpected, after spending 10 hours in the past week battling to get a payment for a part-time worker who has not been paid properly since August.
"I was breathing a sigh of relief, not expecting anything else, and then we're hit with these overpayments to two other people which I just wasn't expecting and $5000 being deducted from our account that I wasn't expecting at all."
Ms Corkin says she has heard similar reports from principals elsewhere in Auckland.
She has had issues getting the message across to the people behind Novopay.
"Once you actually get through there, the people that you're speaking to on the other end of the phone just simply don't understand school payrolls and that has not improved at all."
Another principal, Denise Torrey from Christchurch's Somerfield School, says "bizarre things" have happened this pay round.
"We've had staff members who we haven't seen or employed for 18 months or two years now getting a significant amount of money. We've had holiday pay that was meant to be sorted out last time actually being paid again, and it's a totally bizarre calculation."
The latest bungles come just days after Education Ministry head Lesley Longstone quit because of "strains" between herself and Ms Parata.
Ms Parata has delegated authority for Novopay to Associate Education Minister Craig Foss, who said six weeks ago that he had received assurances that holiday pay would go through on time.
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24/12/2012 8:20:12 p.m.
Mr Crown wrote:
Parata obviously won't be going down alone. What she should have delegated Novopay to, was the rubbish bin, not the next "fall guy"! It's her Christmas Gift to the nation though, or is she getting confused, with Easter Friday.
24/12/2012 6:46:52 p.m.
Got it in one Catgirl.
24/12/2012 11:53:32 a.m.
when's the election?
23/12/2012 9:06:00 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
We dont need to watch cartoons on TV anymore when we have continual episodes of the Novapay Entertainment Show being thrust upon us to watch and feel enbarrased as Novapay has failed in all expectations to reach National Standards and an irony of this comedy is that the the producers are our own Ministry of Education!!! The shows second worst aspect is that it is being funded by the hard working, overtaxed, overRated, diligent, struggling taxpayer who clearly is not getting any value from their tax dollar. The worst aspect is that our hard working teachers and support staff have had to unfairly carry the consequences from this poorly managed government department full of incompetant overpaid Ministry staff.
The teachers have shown a great degree of professionalism so far by carrying on their teaching responsibilities while being underpaid, overpaid and not being paid but no-one could blame them if they took some sort of strike action in the new year to get this mess sorted out. Who could blame them??The Ministry of Education is now a joke.
22/12/2012 11:50:19 a.m.
Mike: Although it was initially Labour's decision to change the payroll system to Novopay. Because Novopay was deleying the go live date, so last year, Datacom (old provider) provided an improved proposal for governement to consdier. The current government has a choice whether to continue with Telent 2 or not. The final decision was only made June this year (2 months before the go live date) I guess Telent 2 promised the system will be ready by Ausust in order to get the contract. But in fact, the system is not ready. I used to work as payroll officer under the old provider. I feel sorry for the schools to suffer from government's bad decision. (If I remembered correctly, the final approval to stay with Telent 2 was signed by Bill English with MOE's support not Labour)
22/12/2012 9:35:45 a.m.
Working in IT and having done payroll systems, any system deployment of this size should have been piloted AND run in parallel for at least a couple of cycles. This system is doomed to fail and not pulling the plug now is just going to see it get worse and worse. Crap project management, crap testing, crap implementation planning, crap decision making. A few heads need to roll over this one as an example for future government projects, if nothing else.....
21/12/2012 11:47:05 p.m.
Mrs J wrote:
I run a household on a tight budget with economy always in mind. I don't have the luxury of throwing good money after bad - perhaps the Min Ed could learn from me?
21/12/2012 10:09:12 p.m.
I had a reliever not employed here since June, paid for a day in September. Then the next column recorded this one day as two days. And then the reliever was paid over $3000. One hour and 27 minutes of being on hold with novopay only to be told that I had to fill out more forms to stop this.
21/12/2012 7:49:48 p.m.
Stephanie gandy wrote:
Novopay needs to go. I have had a teacher aide who has not worked for us all year get $2500 holiday pay. After on hold for 50 mins I was told this money would be stopped but what a surprise it wasn't. Now I have to get the money back from the staff member, luckily she has agreed to pay it all back.
21/12/2012 7:47:29 p.m.
Mike. labour was 5 years ago.
Lets ask ourselves who is in charge of the ministry now?.
What are they doing to fix the problem or does that come after their holiday while no ones been paid.
Seems very unlikely that it is a entry problem as school systems are well used to payroll systems.
Why is it that the minister enjoys an overpaid holiday while some of these teachers have no pay or pays that they cant touch because they have gotten far too much.
It isnt about what happened yesteryear its about whats happening now.
Try to live with us here in the present Mike.
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