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Teachers from seven secondary schools plan to strike in Jersey

The strike action is set to happen in seven secondary schools on March 19th Credit: ITV Channel TV

Teachers at seven secondary schools in Jersey plan to strike on March 19th, following a rejection of the latest States pay offer.

The National Education Union is calling on members at Grainville, Haute Vallee, Hautlieu, Jersey College for Girls, Le Rocquier, Les Quennevais and Victoria College to take action.

The most recent deal put forward was the Retail Price Index rise plus 1.3% for 2020, with no change to 2018 and 2019, when the imposed awards were below inflation.

Teachers have responded by saying they feel it is "unacceptable to still have a fall in their standard of living over the three years".

We have had no further contact about re-opening negotiations so we have no alternative but to re-instate our strike action for this date.

The ballot we conducted also allows us to call out Primary Schools in future and to repeat the action if necessary but we hope that the States Employment Board will now realise the strength of feeling amongst its teacher employees about continual falls in their standard of living and demonstrate in real terms of a fair pay rise that they really mean it when they say they value what our members do for the young people of Jersey.

– Andy Woolley, NEU Regional Secretary

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