Industrial action over teachers’ pay ‘on the cards’

A plan to ballot for industrial action over teachers’ pay in September is already “on the cards” amid fears that the delayed announcement on salaries signals a disappointing offer, it has emerged. Tes reports.

Many fear that the fact that teachers have still not had word of their pay rise for September could be due to the Department for Education struggling to find ways of offering a funded pay rise, and that the figure proposed will be well below what unions have called for.

Tes understands that the executives of both the NUT and the ATL sections of the NEU teaching union have already raised the spectre of preparing for a ballot when they met respectively in the past few weeks. 

Dave Harvey, a London member of the NUT section’s national executive, said: “The fact that the STRB report has been with the Department for Education for eight weeks suggests to us that it is not going to be good news for schools because the [pay] award, whatever it is, is not going to be funded.

A NEU spokesperson said: “No decision has been taken yet about the course of action because we are still waiting to see what the STRB recommends and what the education secretary decides.” 

Last Friday, the five unions wrote a letter to Mr Hinds, together with other unions, demanding to know when he will publish.

Kevin Courtney, joint leader of the NEU, wrote in Tes that the delay was “It is disrespectful to teachers,” he said. “It is confusing to students contemplating which career path to start down.”

Teacher activists are set to lobby the Department for Education after work tomorrow to call for the government to reveal the pay offer, and are promoting the #WhereistheSTRB social media hashtag.

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