In most instances, it is not a case of not having insufficient funds to meet a cost of living increase that at least matches the rise in inflation, but a matter of choice as to what the money is spent on.

Staff need to make their case and remind employers that schools are a people business and the staff are the most valuable asset. If the business is successful then staff should share in that success. Annual cost of living awards below the Retail Price Index are a cut in real terms to staff living standards.

NEU Starter for ten - collective bargaining

  1. Establish when financial decisions are taken
  2. Review the procedure for staff input
  3. Use the NEU briefing
  4. Request financial information, accounts etc.
  5. Analyse the school’s financial health
  6. Consult members/other colleagues
  7. Contrast cost of living awards with NEU reps at comparable schools
  8. Consider total reward
  9. Discuss recognition
  10. Submit a pay claim

If you really are busy, or the time available is limited, and you only have time to do one thing, NEU has produced a digested, digested, read, a Starter for one.

NEU Starter for one - collective bargaining

  1. Submit a pay claim

If there is one thing that you can do to seek to influence the decision-making process it is by submitting a pay claim.