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Teachers in Northern Ireland have rejected the latest pay offer by the employers and Department of Education, a survey by NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union has confirmed today.
Of those surveyed, 88% rejected the latest pay offer for 2021/22 and 2022/23.
The anger felt by the profession could not be more stark with the vast majority of members saying they were prepared to take industrial action over the offer, with 94% prepared to take action short of strike action and 70% prepared to take strike action.
The vast majority of NASUWT members also expressed concerns about the failure of the Department of Education and the employers to deliver on the 2020 Agreement, with 74% saying that their workload had increased significantly in the last two years.
And in a sign of the retention challenges facing the profession, 54% said they were seriously considering leaving teaching.
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“NASUWT members are united and clear in their message to the Northern Ireland Executive that the latest pay offer is an insult to the dedication and hard work shown by teachers across Northern Ireland.
“This pay offer has come after months and months of delay and represents a further damaging real-terms cut to teachers’ salaries at a time of surging inflation and a deepening cost of living crisis.
“This pay offer is an insult to the hard work, dedication and commitment of teachers.
“The failure to tackle excessive teacher workload is further adding to the anger of teachers.
“NASUWT members are clear that they are prepared to take action if the Minister does not deliver a substantially better deal which addresses teachers’ concerns on pay and workload.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
“The current derisory pay offer is damaging the morale of the profession and will only serve to make the recruitment and retention of teachers harder at a time when they are desperately needed.
“The anger in the profession has to be recognised and an improved pay offer must be brought forward to avoid an escalation to industrial action over pay.”


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