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Teachers at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, have warned of a ‘devolution deficit’ for teachers in Wales after control of their pay and conditions is devolved to the Welsh Government.
 
The Conference has condemned the decision by local authorities to limit the pay award for teachers, who are still starting out on their careers and on the mid points of the main pay range, to just 1%. Thousands of their colleagues in England at exactly the same pay point in their careers have received the 2% the teachers’ pay review body recommended.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers in Wales have experienced years of pay freezes and below-inflation pay awards.
 
“Despite this, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has decided to act against the recommendation of the STRB and has advised local authorities to limit the 2% uplift to teachers on the top and bottom of the main pay range only. Teachers on the mid-points of the main pay range will only get a 1% uplift.
 
“The NASUWT believes that this threatens the long-term retention of these professionals in schools across Wales and also sends worrying signals about the future for teachers’ pay after devolution.
 
“The First Minister has publically pledged that teachers in Wales will not be worse off than teachers in England once pay and conditions is devolved. The NASUWT will be holding him to this promise which so far he has failed to deliver.” 
 
Rex Philips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
 
“Teachers in Wales work just as hard, have the same training and are expected to demonstrate the same skills as colleagues in England. This decision by local authorities sends a damaging message that teachers in Wales who are in the early years of their careers are not as valued by their employers.
 
“It will also stoke concerns for the future of teachers’ pay and the conditions enshrined in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) after devolution.
 
“A two-tier system of pay and conditions where teachers in Wales are treated less equitably than colleagues over the border will undermine quality education for children and young people and will be resisted in the strongest terms by the NASUWT.”

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