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Vow to keep fighting workloads as teaching union accepts pay deal

Vow to keep fighting workloads as teaching union accepts pay deal

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Vow to keep fighting workloads as teaching union accepts pay deal

Wednesday 20 December 2023


Members of one of the island's teaching unions have narrowly accepted a pay deal from the Government – but said that they will "continue to press for action to tackle the intolerable levels of workload" for teachers.

Teachers from the NASUWT voted by 52% for the States Employment Board's offer, which would see their wages rise by 8% next year.

Although the decision moves the year-long row between teachers and their employer closer to resolution, members of the other main teaching union, the NEU, have not accepted the offer.

This leaves all teachers awaiting the conclusion of the dispute, with further talks between the NEU and the Government unlikely to be scheduled until the new year after the school term finished on Tuesday.

A 7.9% pay rise for 2023 has already been applied as part of the SEB's offer, which would see an 8% increase applied from 1 January, a one-off payment of £1,000 on the same date and pay rises matching inflation for 2025 and 2026.

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Pictured: A number of teacher strikes have been held throughout the year.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said: “Teachers on Jersey are long overdue an increase in pay as part of their fight for fair and reasonable working conditions.

"There must be no delay from the SEB in implementing this award.

“NASUWT members have endured years of real terms pay erosion, escalating living costs, and spiralling workloads.

"Despite these challenges, they have continued to deliver an extremely high standard of education to Jersey’s children and young people."

He added: “Pay is only one of our concerns for Jersey’s hard-working and dedicated teachers.

"They need a Better Deal and we will continue to press for action to tackle the intolerable levels of workload on our members.

"We are still awaiting commitments from the States Government to secure the resolution of these outstanding issues.”

This afternoon, Vice Chair of the SEB, Deputy Elaine Millar said: “We are pleased to hear that NASUWT members have voted to accept the 2024-26 pay deal.

"We will recommence constructive meetings with the National Education Union when the school holidays are over.”

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Posted by Jon Jon on
I wonder how many of these teachers have come into this Island from uk and other places and suddenly find this Island is an expensive place to live!
Posted by SimonBevens28 on
Yes, those long, long holidays must be really crushing, I don't know how they manage.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
They teach 5 hours per day, 5 days per week and have13 weeks holiday. Check their salaries on gov.je
Posted by Gary Owens on
I think the teachers are quite right to fight for less arduous conditions, 13 weeks holiday per year is simply inadequate. The government are asking too much of teachers, if they can’t leave work until after 3.30 the evening will be completely spoiled. The government will be insisting that teachers take the whole 90 minute lunch hour next ! Where will it end.
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