No pay for Education Ministry staff

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 11:27 30/01/2013

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In the midst of dealing with Novopay glitches, Ministry of Education staff have themselves not been paid today.

A ministry spokeswoman confirmed this morning that its staff were due to be paid today, but were not. She would not confirm the reason for the glitch.

A lower North Island teacher, who did not want to be named, said after dealing with his Novopay issues, the family had been dealt another blow after his wife who worked for the ministry was not paid today.

''Now with my wife not being paid as well, it's sort of adding insult to injury really.''

His wife was told when she arrived at work that there was a server problem, which meant that pay for the whole ministry had not gone through overnight. 

Ministry staff were usually paid on alternative weeks to teaching staff, he said.

''In the face of what's currently happening, it's all that the ministry needs is another pay glitch somewhere. It will no doubt be an embarrassment for them.''

The Education Ministry has begun putting delayed pay into staff accounts this morning, a spokeswoman said.

Staff were due to be paid overnight on Tuesday, but this did not happen because an incorrect date was entered on the payroll at the ministry, she said.

''We apologise to staff for the delay and can confirm a number of pays have started to go into staff banks accounts this morning.''

A Public Service Association spokeswoman confirmed the union had heard that there was a pay roll issue within the ministry, but it was due to be fixed by tomorrow.

Contact Jody O'Callaghan
Education reporter
Email: jody.o'callaghan@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @miss_jodyo

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