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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has written to the Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) warning that a ballot of members for industrial action will be considered unless the NASUWT’ s request for a Court of Inquiry over the teachers’ pay award is actioned without further delay.
 
The NASUWT declared a formal dispute with DESC over the pay award six months ago and in April the NASUWT and DESC agreed to invoke a Court of Inquiry to attempt to settle the dispute. The NASUWT followed this up by writing formally to the Department in May requesting a Court of Inquiry be convened.
 
Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary (Acting), said:
 
“Contrary to statements made by the DESC, the focus of the NASUWT’s dispute is not over the interpretation of its pay policy. The Union is in dispute over the recent pay awards which have continued the significant erosion of teachers’ pay which has declined by over one-third, in real terms, since 2010.
 
“The NASUWT has been ready to engage in the Court of Inquiry process since April and the continuing delays are unacceptable.
 
“Unless there is immediate progress, the NASUWT’s National Action Committee will have no option but to consider a formal ballot of members for industrial action, up to and including strike action.
 
“The NASUWT also finds totally unacceptable DESC’s threat to withhold pay progression to primary teachers because headteachers are taking industrial action.
 
“The NASUWT has informed the DESC that any attempt to prevent our members’ pay progression will be robustly opposed by the Union and would result in yet another dispute lodged against the Department.”

A copy of the letter to the DESC from the NASUWT can be found below on the right. 

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