Wage agreement for support staff – most LA schools use local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with the terms of the National Common Council (NJC). 3.8.1 Step progression within grades is annual, provided the worker meets or exceeds the service standards assessed by the employer on the basis of job description and/or written requirements. NZEI Te Riu Roa Members work in every community in New Zealand and lead and commit to quality public education. We are the 50,000 school leaders, teachers and facilitators who work in primary, departmental and secondary schools, as well as in early childhood centres, special education and school guidance. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa – New Zealand`s largest educational union, a contractual organization and a strong advocate of quality public education. We have the most important task in New Zealand – training for the future. However, this may vary between local authorities, which means that it is not possible to describe the level of remuneration for support staff. A worker`s contract should indicate his rate of pay, the point on the salary scale of local authorities, and the increase in the rate on a gradual basis up to a specific point. 3.10.4 Until January 27, 2012, workers were entitled to qualification allowance in accordance with the provisions of the school collective agreement from December 10, 2009 to March 31, 2011, as if these provisions were included in that collective agreement. 3.2.1 This agreement sets minimum wages. This is the First offer from the Ministry of Education since the expiry of the collective agreements of the coaching staff in July. 3.15.3 The following workers, whose employment includes periods during which the worker does not have paid work available to the employer, may obtain their employer`s agreement for the annual obligation to pay: 3.3.3 Workers whose hourly rate or annual wage rate exceeds the rank in the event of a count or during the duration of this collective agreement retain this rate. Currently, support staff at the bottom four of the pay scale receive the minimum wage of 17.70 $US per hour and 90 percent of teachers are paid below the minimum wage, Kemplen says that while members will be happy to receive an offer of collective bargains to vote, it will not change the need for a teacher to fight as quickly as possible for pay equity to repair the broken system that has historically underestimated their work.