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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has hit out at the treatment of further education lecturers in Northern Ireland by the Department of the Economy, CollegesNI and the six colleges.
 
FE lecturers are the only public sector workers in Northern Ireland not to receive any incremental progression for 2017-18. School teachers were notified on the 23 August 2017 that the Department of Education had secured Department of Finance approval to provide temporary cover for pay progression in September 2017 and all teachers who were due this payment received it by the end of October 2017.
 
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“It is simply unacceptable that payments to which FE lecturers are entitled have still not been paid.
 
“Members are understandably angry about this and it is adding to the financial burdens which year –on-year pay cuts have already imposed.
 
“There is no justification for the differential and unfair treatment that lecturers are facing.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“The NASUWT will be challenging this position vigorously by all appropriate means including, if necessary, tribunal claims.
 
“Teachers were notified on the 23 August 2017 that the Department of Education had secured Department of Finance approval to provide temporary cover for pay progression in September 2017.  CollegesNI seem to be doing nothing to ensure that their member colleges are paying their staff all of the wages to which they are entitled.
 
“Some of our members are now owed around £2,000 in back pay. They have bills to pay and many are facing hardship and stress as a result of the failure of the colleges and the Department of the Economy to look after the interests of their employees.”

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