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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has called a day of strike action on Tuesday 26 February in Jersey over pay.
 
Last month members in Jersey voted in favour of strike action over the imposition of a pay offer which fails to take into account the real-terms cuts to teachers’ and lecturers’ pay that have occurred over the last decade. By 2020 teachers’ and lecturers’ pay will have been reduced by well over 10% since 2008.
 
When compared to average earnings, which have consistently exceeded inflation since 2008, teachers’ and lecturers’ pay will be more than 15% behind by 2020.
 
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“The NASUWT has been left with no option than to call a day of strike action after negotiations with the States over pay failed to make any progress yesterday.
 
 “The SEB are putting the world-class status of Jersey’s schools at risk by refusing to recognise the undisputable need for a substantial pay increase.
 
“Teachers’ pay over the last decade has been cut by well over 10% in real terms, this is impacting on teachers’ standard of living and the States’ ability to recruit and retain the best staff.
 
“Our members are angry about the imposed pay award and angry teachers are being treated differently.
 
 “The NASUWT deeply regrets having to resort to strike action and any resultant disruption which will be caused to pupils and parents; however the SEB’s refusal to work with us to address the issue of pay has left NASUWT members with no option.
 
“We call on the SEB to reconsider its position as a matter of urgency.”

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