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NASUWT brands States 'hostile' over pay dispute communication

NASUWT members strike in Jersey's Royal Square Credit: ITV Channel TV

The largest teachers' union in Jersey, the NASUWT has branded the States 'hostile' in its communication over the pay dispute.

Earlier this week, the States Employment Board hinted towards a 'breakthrough' in discussions, which is now being labelled as 'inaccurate and unacceptable' by the Union.

On Tuesday, National Education Unions members walked out on strike.

Jersey's Chief Minister John Le Fondré then said the NEU's stance to not partake in educational reforms and agree to pay rises through share savings, meant it was "deliberately harming our children’s education and causing cost and inconvenience to parents and employers."

The NASUWT made the decision to take industrial action short of strike action and asked members to refuse to cover lessons. This move has meant Le Rocquier School is closed to Year 9 today.

The NASUWT is writing to the Chief Executive making it clear that this release was inaccurate and unacceptable, and that the States’ hostile approach to communications makes a resolution more difficult to achieve.

For the avoidance of doubt, there has been no ‘breakthrough’ and the NASUWT has not agreed to any changes to working conditions. The Union has, however, agreed to look at reforms to working conditions as part of the current dispute, which could have a positive benefit for members.

Members will be kept updated, and if the Union believes that good progress is made on pay and conditions, then members will be fully briefed on and involved in discussions with the Union on this.

Nothing will be agreed until everything is agreed and there is a package which represents an improvement for members.

– NASUWT statement

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