Since the imposition of performance-related pay progression (PRP) for all teachers, NEU members have worked successfully in many schools and academies to secure school pay policies that protect teachers. Winning an acceptable pay policy in each school is still only a temporary expedient in our campaign to force the Government to reverse its attacks on the national pay structure for teachers.
Advisory pay points for the main and upper pay ranges, and unqualified teacher pay ranges, based on previous pay advice from the NEU and other unions, have been restored to the school teachers’ pay and conditions document (STPCD) in England. In Wales, the Welsh Government has restored national mandatory pay scales and abolished PRP. These are important developments and can be used to secure improvements in school pay policies.
Even if your school has adopted a pay policy that does not comply with NEU policy, it is not too late to try and change it.
- Get a copy of your pay policy and check it against the NEU model policy and checklist.
- Was there proper consultation on the policy? Head teachers are required to consult with staff and trade unions – did this happen?
- If you think you should challenge parts of the policy, meet members to discuss the issue and contact the NEU locally for advice and support.
The NEU checklist sets out the conditions for complying with the union’s approach. The NEU will support members, up to and including strike action, in order to secure acceptable policies. Many school groups have taken or threatened to take such action and have won improvements in their school’s policy.