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Commenting on the statement by Education Minister Kirsty Williams on the teachers’ pay award for 2019/20, Ms Chris Keates, Acting General Secretary of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The tone and tenor of the statement seems to imply this is a generous pay offer for teachers, despite the fact that it does nothing to address the 18% teachers’ pay gap, as a result of year on year pay cuts since 2011.

“Whilst the 5% increase to starting salaries reflects the desperate need to make teaching an attractive profession to potential recruits, it does nothing to address the issue of retention of older more experienced teachers who are equally vital to the profession.

“Now the Minister has made the announcement on pay, she needs to take action to ensure that all teachers in Wales actually receive it. Evidence over the last two years shows that too many teachers have had no annual pay award as schools and local authorities have failed to implement it.

“The NASUWT has written to every local authority setting out our minimum expectations with regard to teachers’ pay. If the Minister fails to ensure that her announcement is implemented, then the NASUWT will not hesitate, with the support of members, to take action to secure teachers’ pay entitlements.”

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“Since 2010 Wales has lost 4,287 teachers, almost 1,000 in the last year alone.

“The Welsh Government must recognise that in order to recruit and retain teachers, it has to take action to make tangible improvements to teachers’ pay and working conditions.

“What’s on offer here is not enough.”

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