Better Deal for Northern Ireland's Teachers

NASUWT members in Northern Ireland have spoken - it is time for a Better Deal for Teachers.

Members voted overwhelmingly in support of industrial action, with 81% in support of strike action and 98% in support of action short of strike action.

The Education Minister must take urgent action to address your concerns over pay, workload and unacceptable working practices in schools.

It is clear that due to months of dither and delay on the part of the Department of Education, our members have not benefited from the formal agreement made between the NASUWT and the DE in 2020 on pay and workload.

Teachers have also suffered a significant delay to the pay award for the 2021/22 academic year whilst the workload crisis in schools has deepened massively.

The ballot result follows a recent survey that found:

  • the main concern of 80% of members is workload;

  • two thirds have serious concerns about their pay;

  • 88% of members said they were not prepared to accept the current pay offer for 2021/22.

With the strong mandate of the ballot, we are now organising to implement our industrial action. Briefings will be organised after employers and members have been notified of the actions we intend to take.

Please see the letter being sent to members about how to take industrial action on the right/below.

With your support, we will work to secure better pay and working conditions to deliver a Better Deal for Teachers.


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