"We are a small country, with a border with England, which means pay portability and parity is essential to retain our talented and hardworking teachers. The Minister, rightly refers to ‘committing to the principle of “no detriment”’ when maintaining comparable pay scales, aligning policy with former First Minister Carwyn Jones' promise that those teaching in Wales will not be worse off than their near neighbours.

"We cannot impress the importance of this principle too highly. As a trade union we have always emphasised the need to avoid any semblance of Regional Pay that would see teachers here worse off than their colleagues across the border. We will maintain that fundamental position in all future discussions with the Minister, the Welsh Government and in providing evidence to the independent pay review body recently established to make recommendations on teachers’ pay in Wales.

"These are tough times, with austerity imposed by Westminster, but we can't expect teachers to be on-board with the pace of change in Wales, without promising they will be at least as well paid as their neighbours now and always.

"We have separate concerns about the Education Workforce Council appearing to work outside of its remit, as the Secretariat for teachers' pay. But we look forward to working with the Minister on the proposals and hope she will take time to listen to the unions - as she has done on INSET days."

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07815 071164

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

Note to editors:

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

Ein nôd: undod proffesiynol / Our aim: professional unity