Wales’s largest education union wants to see a collective bargaining model being used to determine teachers’ pay, instead of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB). The National Education Union Cymru says that the process that was used to determine the 2019 pay increases announced in October was drawn out and unnecessarily cumbersome. However, throughout all this the Welsh Government have indicated their support for collective bargaining, which is also endorsed by Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC). All evidence clearly indicates that a collective bargaining process results in a quicker decision-making process that provides a better outcome for stakeholders.

David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Our members are clearly unhappy with the process we have in Wales for deciding pay for teachers. Like both the Wales TUC and the Welsh Government itself, we are in favour of a collective bargaining model. We will be working with partners to urge the Welsh Government to take forward this simple and less bureaucratic approach.”

ENDS

The text of the motion to conference on this issue was as follows:

Motion 26.      Independent Welsh Pay Review Body

Conference Cymru notes that the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) have published their initial report and recommendations on pay for teachers employed in Welsh schools. It is further noted that the process of dealing with Welsh Schoolteachers Pay & Conditions of Service is already underway.

However, the process thus far has been drawn out and unnecessarily cumbersome with the need for stakeholders to establish in the first instance a remit for the IWPRB, for that to be agreed and issued by the Minister for Education, a call for written evidence, the taking of oral evidence, preparation and submission of a report containing recommendations, a consultation period followed by a final decision endorsed by the Welsh Government.

Throughout all this the Welsh Government have indicated their support for collective bargaining which is also endorsed by Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC). All evidence clearly indicates that a collective bargaining process results in a quicker decision-making process that provides a better outcome for stakeholders.

Accordingly, Conference Cymru instructs the Executive through the Wales Committee to urge all other teaching unions and professional associations to agree that collective bargaining would be the better model for determining teachers’ pay in Wales and to press for that to take place.

Contact:

  • David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07815 071164. Email: david.evans@neu.org.uk
  • Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818. Email: Mary.VandenHeuvel@neu.org.uk