New Zealand school teachers went on strike on August 15 for the first time in 24 years, challenging the Labour government’s plans for a budget that denied them adequate pay and working conditions.

Almost 30,000 primary and intermediate school teachers and principals were on strike around the country, closing 1479 schools. That is three-quarters of state primary schools. 
Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to send a strong message to the government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.
Echoing the sentiments of teachers throughout the world, one New Zealand striker told the media she's unhappy with pay and conditions. Teachers just work too hard.
"If I thought about my hourly rate, it'd be laughable," she said.