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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will take strike action this Wednesday 26 April over the failure to offer teachers and Further Education lecturers a fair and decent pay award.

The strike action follows a half day of strike action in schools in February and for this full day of strike action, which is expected to close the majority of Northern Ireland’s schools, members in Further Education colleges will also join their teacher colleagues.

The full day of strike is being carried out in furtherance of our campaign for a Better Deal for Teachers and Lecturers.

The NASUWT is calling for a fully funded 12% pay award for 2022/23.

Teachers have already lost thousands of pounds as a result of year-on-year pay cuts and the failure of salaries to keep pace with inflation since 2010. For example, a teacher at the start of the classroom main pay scale M1 has lost £44,669, while a teacher at the top of the classroom main pay scale M6 has lost £65,288, and an experienced teacher at the top of the Upper Pay Scale UPS3 has lost £76,064.
 
According to NASUWT research the last 13 years have seen cuts of 38% to teachers’ pay in real terms.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“Our members shouldn’t have to take industrial action simply to benefit from decent pay and working conditions. However, they have been left with no choice but to take further strike action.
 
“It is not remotely acceptable for teachers and lecturers to see their pay cut in real terms when they facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes for decades.
 
“On the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it is about time that teachers in Northern Ireland were treated with dignity, respect and equality, and given the rewards they deserve.
 
“If MLAs won’t act, then our members will.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“Our members are not prepared to stand by while their pay dwindles and their living costs rise.

“The Department of Education and the Department for Economy along with the employers must bring forward a substantially improved pay offer if they want to see an end to these disputes.
 
“The derisory pay offers which have been offered to date are actually real-terms cuts that are incapable of restoring pay to what they should have been had pay kept up with inflation over the last decade.

 “There is huge frustration among teachers and lecturers and they are clear that they are opposed to the continuing cuts to pay and working conditions must be improved if further action is to be avoided.”

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