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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union in Jersey have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over pay and workload.

In state funded schools 86% of members voted in favour of strike action and 95% in favour of action short of strike action on a turnout of 51%.

Members in seven independent schools also voted in favour of strike action and action short of strike action.

The NASUWT National Action Committee will now consider the timetable for industrial action in Jersey.

NASUWT balloted its members following the failure of the States to address the years of real terms pay erosion that teachers have suffered since 2008 or to address spiralling workloads.

Taking into account the pay offer for the current academic year, which represented a real terms pay cut of 2.5% when benchmarked against RPI in September 2022, teachers in Jersey have suffered an 8.8% real-terms pay cut since 2008.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“NASUWT members have overwhelmingly voted to take action. This is unprecedented on Jersey.

“The NASUWT has been warning the States for many years that the morale of the teaching profession was collapsing under the weight of ever increasing workloads and diminishing pay, yet these warnings repeatedly been ignored.

“This situation was completely avoidable, and the fact that members have voted for action is a damning indictment of the States’ complacency and failure to recognise and act to address the escalating crisis within its teaching cohort.

“The States now must recognise the depth of anger amongst the profession and seize the limited window of opportunity still available to avoid industrial action.

“If the States does not put forward improved proposals on pay and workload we will have no option but to move to industrial action in the new academic year.”

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