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WATCH: Teachers cry 'SOS' in 'pay up' plea

WATCH: Teachers cry 'SOS' in 'pay up' plea

Wednesday 13 December 2023

WATCH: Teachers cry 'SOS' in 'pay up' plea

Wednesday 13 December 2023


Politicians were heckled with chants of 'Save Our Schools' from protesting teachers as they exited the States Chamber this afternoon.

Carrying protest placards and waving flags stating 'Pay Up', members of the National Education Union packed into the States Chamber before staging a protest in the Royal Square on the second day of a three-day walkout in a long-running pay dispute.

WATCH: Teachers protesting outside the States Chamber today.

In addition to a 7.9% rise which was applied and backdated to January, teachers have been offered an 8% increase on 1 January 2024, a £1,000 lump sum on the same date and inflation-matched rises for 2025 and 2026.

NASUWT members are balloting on the offer, while NEU members have rejected it.

Vice-Chair of the States Employment Board Deputy Elaine Millar and Minister for Children and Education Deputy Inna Gardiner published an open letter entitled 'A message about strike action by the National Education Union' in yesterday's JEP.

In the full-page advert, the Government said that it had made an offer that was “fair to teachers and affordable for Jersey”. 

Responding to the letter on social media, the Jersey NEU said that "incorrect statistics have been quoted" and claimed that the "SEB have cancelled numerous meetings and rescheduled at the last minute". 

Inside the States Assembly this morning, Members debated whether to increase investment in Children, Young People, Education & Skills frontline services by £2million, instead of spending the money on the  Modernisation and Digital department. 

Teachers sat in the public gallery to watch the debate, which will continue after lunch.

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Posted by IanSmith97 on
5 hours actual teaching per day, 3 in the morning 2 in the afternoon. 13 weeks holiday. OK, I know some put in more than 5 hours per day, say another 2 hours. That equates to 35 hours per week actually some work. 35 hours per week with 13 weeks off is not bad. I suggest if readers want to look at their present salaries go now to gov.je and you will get a shock how high they are. And, this is true, many, most in fact, have supplements on top. They’ve been offered 8% for 23 and 8% for 24 plus £1000. No other public workers got that. Also, their pension arrangements have not been made worse like all other public workers have been. They are beginning to sound spoilt and petulant. They bleat their salaries have not kept pace with inflation. Neither has every other public service workers.
Posted by MarkSmith67 on
Teachers are already over paid for the hours they work. Stick to your guns SEB or we will be putting in for the same next pay negotiation so don’t weaken.
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