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With over 4,500 schools across England now paying the 2% pay uplift to all teachers in the early stages of their careers, as recommended by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), teachers in Wales’ 1,547 schools, who are still starting out on their careers and on the mid-range of the main pay scale, have been left feeling undervalued by the decision of local authorities to limit their pay increase to just 1%, the Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru-The Teachers’ Union, has heard today.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers have experienced years of pay freezes and below-inflation pay awards.
 
“Despite this, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has decided to act against the recommendation of the STRB and has advised local authorities to limit the 2% uplift to teachers on the top and bottom of the main pay scale only. Teachers on the mid-points of the main pay range will only get a 1% uplift.
 
“The NASUWT believes this is a short-sighted, penny-pinching move which not only undervalues teachers in the early years of their careers, but threatens the long-term retention of these professionals in schools across Wales.
 
“The NASUWT will be calling on the Welsh Government to urge the WLGA to revisit this decision as a matter of extreme urgency.”
 
Jane Setchfield, NASUWT National Executive Member, who proposed the motion, said:
 
“Carwyn Jones said that teachers in Wales would not be worse off than teachers in England, but now many local authorities and academies have paid 2% across the pay scale, so it does seem to me that the First Minister now needs to deliver on that commitment.”  

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