1. ITV Report

Teachers in Jersey set to strike for eight days

Members who are part of all primary and secondary state schools, will walk out over a four week period. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Teachers in Jersey are set to strike for eight days in May.

Those who are part of the National Education Union in the island, are being called to take the action.

Members from both primary and secondary state schools, will walk out over a four week period.

It is over the ongoing pay dispute with Jersey's States Employment board, which the union says is committed to a pay offer that would 'see teachers being forced to take a real terms pay cut of 3.5%.'

The strikes are set to take place on the following dates:

  • Wed 1 May
  • Tues 7 May
  • Wed 8 May
  • Wed 15 May
  • Thurs 16 May
  • Tues 21 May
  • Wed 22 May
  • Thur 23 May

Members who teach year 11 and 13 pupils will not take part in the strike action to make sure there is no disruption to exam preparation.

The head of the regional branch of the union has said teachers want a fair pay deal and to be treated with respect and dignity.

The pay offer from the States Education Board is an insult to the profession...This is a cost cutting exercise aimed at attacking the public sector. It is not in the public interest, it serves only to damage the interests of the parents and the children of Jersey, who deserve a high quality world class education service, not education on the cheap.

– Ian Stevenson NEU Regional Secretary

The States have said in the past that there is no more money for pay rises to public sector workers.

The NEU is calling upon other teaching unions to join the strike action in what it says could be the biggest teachers’ strike in recent times.