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Members of Gibraltar NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union have voted to back industrial action over the Government’s failure to respond appropriately to its pay adjustment claim and the fact that proper negotiations on pay had not begun despite a delay of over 10 months.

Following a lawful ballot held by the NASUWT, members have shown their overwhelming support for industrial action, including strike action.

Notwithstanding this result, the NASUWT remains committed to a negotiated settlement.  It hopes the constructive and positive relationship it has had previously with the Gibraltar government means that industrial action can be avoided and both sides will engage positively to find a solution.

On a turnout of 61% members voted 84% in favour of strike action.

They also voted 89% in favour of action short of strike action.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“It is deeply disappointing that given the positive relationship we have enjoyed with the Government, that we were left with no choice but to ballot for action.

“The ballot result sends a clear message of the depth of teachers’ concerns.

“Industrial action can be avoided, if there is a genuine commitment to engage with the NASUWT to resolve the dispute.

“Our aim is a negotiated settlement but Ministers should be in no doubt of the determination of our members, if their concerns are not addressed.

“I look forward to a positive and speedy response from the Government and to engaging in constructive negotiations to resolve the dispute.”

Victor Gonzalez, President of Gibraltar NASUWT said:

“We have had positive discussions with ministers but we need them to go further and respond positively.

“This result shows the strength of feeling of teachers but we stand ready to resolve this situation positively to secure a resolution.”
 

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