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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has written to David Sterling, the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service calling on him to use the powers which he has to allocate finances to the Department of Education to enable them to make 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:
“It is now abundantly clear that the Civil Service has the power to allocate funding to the Department of Education to pay teachers and to authorise the Department officials to negotiate with the NASUWT on a pay award.
“The Civil Service 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.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official for Northern Ireland, said:
“When the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury both state that all powers over pay now lie with the Northern Ireland Civil Service, they have a duty to use those powers to address the very real concerns that teachers have over pay.
“It is no longer enough simply to lay the blame for inaction on this matter on the lack of an Executive.”
  Letter to David Stirling-NI pay award  


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