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NASUWT members in Northern Ireland have attacked the failure of politicians to invest in education, leading to deep cuts to schools budgets and “savage” pay cuts for teachers.
 
A motion to be debated at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT -The Teachers’ Union, being held this year in Belfast, speaks of the “severity of the impact of austerity on schools in Northern Ireland.”
 
It will call for “all appropriate measures” to be taken, including continuing the Union’s industrial action to secure better pay and conditions for teachers.

The motion also calls on the National Executive of the NASUWT to “campaign to expose to parents and the public the adverse impact of continuing cuts and under investment in education budgets on the education service.”

NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said:

“The failure of politicians to invest in education is leading to real harm in the education service with children, including the most vulnerable, being denied the funding to secure their entitlement to high quality education and teachers denied the resources to deliver it.
 
“Investment in education should also include investment in the school workforce including their pay, working conditions and access to high quality training.
 
“Teachers’ pay and conditions are inextricably linked to the quality of educational provision.
 
“Children and teachers are being failed by the lack of action to address the underfunding and deep concerns of teachers.
 
“Where politicians fail to address these needs then the NASUWT will take all appropriate action to protect its members.”

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