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The devolution of teachers’ pay to the Welsh Assembly could result in a deeply damaging race to the bottom on teachers’ pay, the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, has warned.
Representatives at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference have today warned that pay devolution could worsen the already growing teacher recruitment crisis as pay levels are already uncompetitive compared with other professions.
The Conference called on Assembly ministers to commit to providing teachers in Wales with pay and working conditions which support their work to provide high-quality education for children and young people and future recruitment into the teaching profession.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The NASUWT was pleased to secure the commitment from the First Minister to protect teachers’ pay and conditions following devolution.
“The NASUWT will be holding the First Minister to his commitment that teachers in Wales will not find themselves in a worse or contractual position than colleagues in England as a result of pay and conditions devolution.”
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
“Investing in and supporting the school workforce must be the priority if the year-on-year rise in standards across all phases and stages of education is to be maintained.
“Any attempts to undermine teachers’ pay and contractual entitlements will be received as an exploitation of the workforce which will not only threaten the future of the profession but also, by extension, the education of the children and young people of Wales.
“The NASUWT will resist any moves which result in teachers in Wales becoming second class citizens compared to colleagues in England.”


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