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Commenting on the Department of Finance’s (DoF) determination of public sector pay policy for 2018/19, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union said:
 
“It is scandalous that austerity is to continue for schools and teachers in Northern Ireland. The announcement from the Department of Finance offers little hope for teachers.
 
“It is a gross insult to teachers to state that pay increases above 1% must be paid for by efficiency savings. The reality for schools in Northern Ireland is that there is nowhere else left to cut at school level.
 
“Teachers and students continue to pay the price for Westminster imposed austerity coupled with the legacy of economic mismanagement from the Stormont Executive.
 
“Money can and must be found at central government level to ensure that schools can function and teachers can be adequately rewarded for the job that they do.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“Teachers in Northern Ireland simply can’t cope with pay freezes year after year.
 
“The NASUWT is still in negotiations with the employers for the 2017 pay deal. The message from our members is that progress is too slow and that the public sector pay cap must be broken in a meaningful way otherwise the NASUWT campaign of industrial action will continue for the foreseeable future.”

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