1. ITV Report

Teachers strike action suspended in Jersey

Strike action by teachers in Jersey has been suspended following a revised pay offer from the States Employment board.

Hundreds of education staff from most schools in Jersey were set to protest on February 26th, but this decision has now been put on hold so that members can be consulted.

In a recent ballot, more than 97% of National Education Union members who voted, chose to take action.

Teachers are now being advised to go to work as usual.

The new offer will be put to teachers following a meeting on February 25th.

National Education Union Regional Secretary, Andy Woolley, says that if there was any negative change to the offer a new date in March would be planned for further action.

This has been a difficult set of negotiations and the magnificent support of NEU members in the ballot and at the rally on 9th February demonstrates the strength of feeling and has enabled us to demonstrate to the employers of teachers how necessary it is to reward them properly.

– Andy Woolley, National Education Union Regional Secretary

The Government of Jersey has responded saying negotiations are continuing.

We welcome the decision by the teaching unions to suspend their planned strike next week, in order to continue negotiations.

Jersey’s government and unions have agreed that while discussions and mediation are underway, neither side will make any further public statement.

– Government of Jersey statement

Meanwhile a representative from the NASUWT says it is frustrating that the situation has reached this point.

It is disappointing that it took the notification of industrial action to secure further discussions but nevertheless the States are now back round the negotiating table and in the light of this the Union is prepared to suspend next Tuesday’s action.

The States should be in no doubt however, that if next week’s discussions do not result in progress towards a better deal for teachers, industrial action will be back on the cards as teachers’ patience has run out.

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary

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