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Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Jersey, have overwhelmingly rejected the latest pay offer by the States Employment Board (SEB). 
 
Teachers are particularly angry about the imposition by the SEB of an inadequate pay award for 2018 and 2019 and the SEB’s refusal to even discuss improvements on the imposed award.
 
In the light of the SEB’s intransigence the Union is now announcing a day of strike action on 26 March 2019.
 
Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“Our National Action Committee met today and considered the feedback from members on the latest pay offer. The depth of anger about the offer was evident.
 
“Despite our best efforts, the SEB has failed to engage meaningfully in the negotiations.
 
“Discussions too often are peppered with threats to withdraw offers on the table if certain, unreasonable, conditions are not met.
 
“Our members are angry and disillusioned that the SEB does not appear to value their contribution and the work they do for the children and young people of Jersey.
 
“In the light of the response from members to the latest offer we have no alternative but to reinstate the strike action and have given notice to the SEB of an initial day of action on 26 March 2019.
 
“The NASUWT is committed to securing a negotiated outcome with the SEB and avoid the disruption to pupils and parents, but they need to come back to the negotiating table genuinely willing to engage on the whole pay award, to have meaningful discussions and to make an improved offer.”

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