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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at the Coventry School Foundation (BKHS Bablake Senior, BKHS Bablake Prep, BKHS King Henry VIII Senior and BKHS King Henry VIII Prep) are taking two further days of strike action tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday over pay.

Members are now facing a second successive significant pay cut. Following the imposition of a pay award for 2022/23 that was significantly below inflation, employers have made a pay offer for 2023/24 which once again represents a real-terms pay cut.
  
Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Teachers at the Foundation have already had a 2.75% pay award imposed on them for this year which is less than the 5% colleagues in the state sector have received to date and despite an 11% increase in the fees charged by the Foundation to parents.

“They have now been offered 5% for 2023/24, which represents yet another significant real terms pay cut when compared with the rate of inflation.

“At a time when the cost of living crisis shows no signs of abating it is unacceptable that hard working teachers are being expected to accept such significant real terms cuts in their pay.

“There is no evidence that a fair and decent pay award is unaffordable for the Foundation. The employer needs to recognise that its staff are its most important asset and start investing in them.”  

Alan Jones, NASUWT National Executive Member for the West Midlands, said:

“Teachers at the Foundation received a lower pay award than colleagues in the state sector last year and have been offered what amounts to a further real-terms pay cut for next year.

“Their living costs are going up but their pay is declining and they are not prepared to sit back and accept it.

“We appeal to the Foundation to reconsider its proposals on pay so that further industrial action can be avoided.”

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