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Teachers 'decisively reject' pay deal & threaten strikes

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Some teachers in Jersey have 'decisively rejected' the latest pay offer from the States.

The NEU say they will look to strike in the 'near future'.

The union's representatives say they were 'blown away' by how quickly their members said no to the increase of the cost of living, plus 1.3 per cent for 2020.

The whole idea the SEB has come up with of altering the deal to a three year one in order to end this dispute in the public sector is very much like Churchill’s strategy when at the Admiralty during World War One.

Realising that the western front was stalemated he advocated opening a new front by attacking through Gallipoli and the Dardanelles. Brilliant in theory but an absolute disaster in practice.

If you are not really prepared to commit enough energy and resources and delay taking action until it is too late, what else can one expect?

– NEU president Brendan Carolan

Instead, they want to settle the dispute over 2018 and 2019 pay rises, which they describe as 'well below the rate of inflation'.

The response by members was overwhelming, they reject this offer as insufficient to deal with repeated years of below inflation rises and there is a real mood of anger that their employer does not value them.

We have informed the employer of this result and we are now looking to reinstate our strike action at a date in the near future.

– NEU Regional Secretary, Andy Woolley

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