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Teachers from Northern Ireland have told the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union that the profession is spiralling into a crisis caused by years of declining pay, continual cuts to school budgets and the ongoing political uncertainty.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers everywhere face immense challenges, but none more so than teachers in Northern Ireland.
 
“Our members have seen their pay cut and their workloads spiral even higher.
 
“Only the NASUWT’s industrial action is making their day-to-day teaching bearable.
 
“To add insult to injury, the employers sought to make a pay settlement for 2017/18 conditional on the NASUWT ending its industrial action. There is no way that teachers will give up the only means by which they are able to take some professional control over their working lives.
 
“Until teachers are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and have the working conditions they need to do the job, industrial action remains.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“Teachers in Northern Ireland feel undervalued, demoralised and frustrated.
 
“They will not be bullied or blackmailed into ending our campaign of industrial action.
 
“We will just raise our voices still louder.”

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