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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will receive a backdated pay award of 7.9% and a commitment from the Jersey Government to enter into negotiations on a multi-year pay deal from 2024 onwards, the Union has confirmed.

The news follows negotiations between NASUWT and the Jersey Government after members on the Island voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action last month. The Employer had been notified of proposed strike action in the autumn term which would have closed schools on the island.

NASUWT balloted its members following the failure of the States to address the years of real terms pay erosion that teachers have suffered since 2008 or to address spiralling workloads. In state funded schools 86% of members voted in favour of strike action on a turnout of 51%

Pending progress in further negotiations, the Union remains in dispute over pay and workload.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The announcement of the pay award will mean members will go some way towards addressing the impact of the cost of living crisis and real-terms cuts that teachers have been subjected to.

“The strong resolve of NASUWT members has delivered this pay award about and won a commitment from the Jersey Government to further negotiations on a multi-year pay award for 2024 onwards. NASUWT members have shown their resolve and determination to get a better deal for teachers.

“We look forward to working with the States Employment Board to secure firm commitments on workload. In the meantime, our members will continue with a programme of action short of strike action in the autumn until we see measurable downward pressure on the workload pressures being faced by the profession.”

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