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Jersey teachers' pay dispute could be about to end

Members of the NEU are meeting on Monday night to consider a new pay deal Credit: ITV News

Jersey's long running teachers' pay dispute, which has seen months of strike action, could be about to end.

Members of the National Education Union are meeting tonight (Monday 10 June) to consider a new offer from the States Employment Board which union reps have indicated could be accepted.

There were eight days of strikes in May alone as teachers upped the ante in their opposition to the pay deal on offer which they argued did not reflect years of below inflation settlements.

Members will meet at the Freedom Church to hear the latest pay offer in detail. It comes just days after the government suggested a deal which could see future savings within Education being shared 50/50, meaning half would be considered efficiencies, and the other half used to fund pay rises.

Should the offer from the SEB on Monday, be the same as those terms agreed ‘in principle’ with the employers' representatives on Thursday, then we could see the dispute with the NEU being resolved next week.

Considerable progress has been made during the talks this week and there is every opportunity for a settlement to be reached

NEU members will therefore meet on Monday evening to decide whether this is an offer they can accept and therefore if these are terms that will bring this dispute to an end.

– Ian Stevenson, National Education Union

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