Commenting on the passing of motion 2 at today’s NEU Special Conference, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“During Covid, the education workforce has worked tirelessly to ensure that education continues for children and young people. Their role in maintaining education during lockdown has been noted and welcomed by parents and wider society.

“Now the Government needs to recognise this as well. For too long, it has presided over funding cuts and cuts in pay, conditions and jobs for all education staff. Combined with debilitating workload, this has led in particular to a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools.

“NEU members have agreed that the legacy of the Covid-19 crisis must be that conditions in schools and colleges become better not worse for all of our colleagues, from NQTs, classroom teachers, support staff and supply staff to school and college leaders.

“This Conference has committed the NEU to working in every education workplace on key issues ranging from securing the implementation of national pay rises and pay scales, ending damaging performance related pay, ending gender, race and disability discrimination at work, and securing fairer treatment for supply and support staff. We will do this by increasing our support for members and their workplace reps to build a culture of bargaining and winning in the workplace on employment and professional issues.

“The Government must also play its part by making the contribution that only it can make, by ensuring adequate funding for the education service as a whole and ensuring that its own education policies support rather than hinder our educators.”

ENDS

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