NEU members have voted to reject the Government’s policy on teachers’ pay, including its unprecedented decision to reject the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on the 2018 pay increase, its attempt to constrain the STRB in its recommendations this year, and its continuing push to restrict pay progression and even deny the right to a cost of living pay increase.

Commenting on the passing of Motion 21 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Teachers are becoming increasingly angry about their pay, given the Government’s continuing failure to deliver on workload. The effect of years of cumulative pay cuts is mounting up.  Pay is down by some 15% in real terms since 2010 and continues to fall further behind other professions. A retention crisis is developing in all phases of teaching from newly qualified teachers, through mid-career, to school leaders – 1 in 3 of whom leave their jobs within 3 years of being appointed. The Government’s unprecedented decision to reject the STRB’s recommendations last year and impose a lower pay rise on half the profession was totally misguided. We cannot let that happen again.”



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