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Commenting on the announcement by the Department of Finance that public sector pay increases are to be limited to 1% for 2017/18, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
“This announcement means the misery on pay for teachers will continue and this will only add to the anger and frustration being felt by the teaching profession.
“The NASUWT has made an unequivocal case for a significant above inflation pay award to address the cuts teachers have experienced to their pay since 2010.
“Teachers are facing increasing levels of financial hardship as a result of the deterioration in their pay, which comes at a time when workload is increasing and the demands on teachers have never been higher.
“This failure to invest in our teachers should also be recognised as a failure to invest in the futures of our children and young people by providing the teaching profession with the pay and conditions to support high-quality learning.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official for Northern Ireland, said:
“Contrary to the Department of Education’s statement, this announcement will not resolve our current dispute as 1% is clearly not sufficient to address the fall in teachers’ salaries in real terms and only continues the erosion of teachers’ pay and conditions.”


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