Members of the NASUWT – The Teachers Union will continue to resist the attacks by the Department of Education on teacher’s pay and terms and conditions of service.
At their Northern Ireland Annual Conference in Belfast this weekend, members will debate a motion calling for “all appropriate trade union responses up to, and including strike action, to ensure teachers gain a substantial pay rise.”
At the end of last year the Union wrote to David Sterling, the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, calling on him to ensure there is a significant above inflation pay award for teachers for 2017-18 to compensate them for the year-on-year cuts to teachers’ pay.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“The Department of Education must recognise the deterioration in the pay of teachers and other public sector workers in Northern Ireland and act immediately to address the cuts they have been enduring since 2010.
“There is deep anger and frustration among teachers that they are continuing to be asked to do more for less, while class sizes increase, budgets are cut and support services are withdrawn.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official for Northern Ireland, said:
“It is no longer enough simply to lay the blame for inaction on this matter on the lack of an Executive.
“Public spending on education in Northern Ireland continues to fall on a year-by-year basis.
“The failure to give teachers a substantial pay rise has led to a sense of injustice the profession and is making the recruitment and retention crisis worse.”