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Teachers don black for Novopay anniversary

Thursday 5 Sep 2013 5:42 a.m.

The Novopay payroll system rolled out in August 2012, but the first pay run occurred on September 5

The Novopay payroll system rolled out in August 2012, but the first pay run occurred on September 5

Black is the new uniform for teachers - at least for 24 hours.

Teachers at New Zealand's schools will don all black today to mark the one-year anniversary of Novopay and protest what they call a "black out" of ongoing issues by the Government.

The Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) says government assurances that 12,000 backlogged pay instructions had been cleared are incorrect, with many teachers still struggling with pay problems.

The Novopay payroll system rolled out in August 2012, but the first pay run occurred on September 5.

The system was immediately beset with serious software problems, with thousands of teachers overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all.

Last month, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the problems had stabilised, with the backlog of pay instructions cleared and most staff now being paid correctly.

But PPTA president Angela Roberts said those claims were "deeply disingenuous."

"The minister has downplayed these teachers' concerns. Yes we are making progress, but it is not good enough," she said.

"Everyone has the right to expect to be paid correctly and be able to access leave. Novopay is not fixed, and it's not OK."

In protest, teachers at schools around the country will be wearing black as part of "black out" day.

Novopay is used to pay over 110,000 school employees from 2457 schools every year.

PPTA has initiated a group legal action on behalf of members against the secretary for education for failing to pay teachers.

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