The TES is reporting that the chief secretary to the Treasury has warned teachers should not expect to receive a 1 per cent pay rise across the board from next year.
In a letter to the heads of public sector pay review bodies this week, Greg Hands said that despite a government commitment in the Budget last month to fund a 1 per cent rise for public sector staff for four years from 2016-17, there “should not be an expectation” that every worker would receive this rise.
He said the government would provide funding equivalent to a 1 per cent rise, but that this money should be applied in a “targeted manner” rather than shared evenly among staff.
“This may mean that some workers could receive more than 1 per cent while others could receive less; there should not be an expectation that every worker will receive a 1 per cent award,” he said.
Schools are free to set their own levels of pay for teachers and would have been able to deny some teachers a pay rise without Mr Hands’ letter. However, unions are concerned that the letter could encourage schools not to give teachers the 1 per cent rise…
Isn’t Greg Hands just telling us what we already knew here, or do you see it – as unions fear – to be somehow upping the ante?
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