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The cost of living crisis on top of real terms pay cuts means the trade union movement must take action in response, representatives at the Annual Conference of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union heard today.

An emergency motion passed by members at the Conference in Birmingham condemned the failure of governments and administrations to invest in teachers, which have seen real-terms cuts to their pay of at least 19% since 2010.

And the motion committed the Union to “mobilise members for national industrial action, in the event that any government or administration fails to deliver a programme of restorative pay awards for teachers”.

The NASUWT is demanding that teachers receive a restorative programme of teachers’ pay awards that will deliver a minimum 12% award in 2022, 10% in 2023 and 8% in 2024 on all pay ranges.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said: “Over a decade of cuts to teachers pay cannot continue to be endured by the profession.

“Teachers are leaving the profession with many more seriously considering it and pay is one of the main reasons. We cannot allow the recruitment and retention crisis to continue and worsen, which is damaging children’s education.

“Governments and administrations must urgently secure the future of education by delivering a serious programme of increased pay awards.

“Conference has delivered a clear message that Ministers will be responsible for any disruption caused by their failure to deliver an immediate programme of restorative pay awards for teachers.”
Conference commits the National Executive to continue to mobilise members for national industrial action, up to including strike action, in the event that any government or administration fails to deliver a programme of restorative pay awards for teachers.
 

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