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Commenting on the publication of the ‘New Deal, New Approach’ document last night by the Secretary of State and the Tánaiste, Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT- The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT welcomes the publication of the draft text by the Secretary of State and Tánaiste and calls on the political parties to use it as the basis for the restoration of government in Northern Ireland.

“It is particularly welcome that education is a central feature of the text. There can be no doubt that it has been the sustained pressure exerted by NASUWT members across Northern Ireland which has focussed the minds of politicians on issues around teachers’ pay and school funding.

“The NASUWT will be continuing to make the case for a single education system with one employing authority and the focusing of resources where they are most needed in schools.”

Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:

“The NASUWT has worked constructively with the education employers and the Department of Education over the past two years to put together a deal which begins to address the shortfall in teachers’ pay over the past decade and which closes the gap between pay in Northern Ireland and pay in the rest of the UK.

“While an agreement in principle has been in place since last June it has been dependent on funding. If the draft text as presented by the Secretary of State and the Tánaiste is accepted there is no reason why the Department of Education cannot move quickly to make a final offer for consultation by the members of the constituent unions of the NITC.

“When a formal offer is received from the Employers by the NASUWT, the offer will be distributed to all members to have their say.”

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