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NASUWT teaching union rejects new pay offer, hours after NEU teaching union accepts it

The Jersey teachers Union the NASUWT says the new pay offer from the States Employment Board is Credit: ITV Channel TV

A Jersey teachers union, the NASUWT, says the new pay offer from the States Employment Board is "unacceptable".

It comes just hours after the island's other teaching union - the National Education Union - voted to accept the offer.

95% of their members who attend the meeting on Monday night, voted to end the dispute.

The offer includes an additional consolidated increase to salaries of 0.8% from January.

This is on top of the 4.4% rise put to teachers in last week's offer.

The proposed agreement includes the following:

  • 2018: 2% consolidated increase plus 1.1% non-consolidated cash payment
  • 2019: 2% consolidated increase plus 1.0% non-consolidated cash payment
  • 2020: RPI + 1.3% consolidated increase, plus an additional 0.8% funded through reforms and sustainable efficiencies.

The offer aimed to end the long-running dispute between the two teaching unions and Jersey's States Employment Board (SEB).

The General Secretary of the NASUWT says they've welcomed improvements to the offer, but still find it unacceptable.

The NASUWT does not dispute that is reasonable for the Government of Jersey to reform approaches to the ways in which teachers are paid for taking on additional responsibilities that benefit children and young people.

However, the principle objective of the SEB on this issue appears to be to use its proposed review of teachers’ terms and conditions to take money away from teachers, rather than to conduct an objective investigation of the ways in which Supplementary Allowances operate in practice...

Implementation of the current offer would undermine the existing terms and conditions of many teachers and could result in other teachers currently not in receipt of a Supplementary Allowance being asked to take up additional tasks and responsibilities for no additional pay.

The Union urges the SEB to get back around the table to address the serious shortcomings in its current offer.

– Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

The NASUWT will now consult with its members on next steps, including potential escalation of its industrial action.

In a stated the States Employment Board said:

We are disappointed that the NASUWT have not accepted the final offer which would resolve the dispute over teachers’ pay.

This is particularly concerning in light of last night’s agreement from NEU, the other teaching union, to the same offer.

– States Employment Board

The SEB are meeting later this afternoon to consider their position and will respond further in due course.

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