No fewer than 30,000 primary and intermediate teachers have resolved to embark on nationwide strike over pay rise agitation in New Zealand.

The strike is organized by the New Zealand Educational Institute, the largest education trade union in the country.

Trade union says the teachers are taking part in a nationwide strike on Wednesday for the first time in more than 20 years to demand a pay rise.

“Today history was made as 30,000 teachers took to the street nationwide.

“Thousands turned out at rallies and marches across the country to support primary teachers and principals,” the trade union wrote on Facebook.

During the rally, the striking teachers voiced readiness to go on a two-day strike if they did not receive a better offer from the ministry, the media outlet reported.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the crowd after the rally, calling on the teachers to cooperate with the government on the issue and noting that meaningful change would take time.

New Zealand’s teachers walked off the job for the first time since 1994.

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