Monday 11 November 2019

No pressure

I'd failed to keep up with South Park and have finally caught up with most of the excellent Season 19. 

After a Whole Foods opens up, Randy Marsh finds himself charity-shamed for not wanting to add $1 to his purchase to help increasingly dubious causes, then shamed for only adding a dollar.

In my reader mailbag, I find the following. It was emailed to parents at one of the Wellington primary schools:
November 8, 2019

Support Staff Make a Significant Difference For All Our Children

I know you will all agree that this talented team of staff make a significant positive difference to our school, including our library and teacher aide staff. Their collective agreement is currently being negotiated between NZEI and the Government. These staff are currently employed directly by the school but we are reliant on the Operational Grant and our parent donations to pay them.

To increase their pay rate to better reflect the vital contribution they make to the school we require a change in the Government funding.  Schools must be resourced to pay staff fairly, ensure secure employment and provide high quality learning support.

As part of a national day of action I encourage staff and students to wear something orange on Monday 11th November in support of our wonderful support staff.

Ngā mihi nui,
I have no view on the merits of the pay rate claims in that sector. But it seems off to require primary school children to do this. 

Oh, you're not wearing orange. Why do you hate our support staff?

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