Unions: End teach­ers’ un­cer­tainty over pay

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TEACH­ERS NEED to be ur­gently told their pay rise for the au­tumn, union bosses have said, warn­ing that the cur­rent un­cer­tainty is “wholly un­nec­es­sary”.

The end of the aca­demic year is im­mi­nent and schools and staff are still in the dark over salary lev­els for Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a group of unions.

In an open let­ter to Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Damian Hinds, they say the sit­u­a­tion means that school lead­ers and govern­ing bod­ies are un­able to dis­cuss how they will im­ple­ment any pay rise, or if the Gov­ern­ment plans to pro­vide ex­tra cash for an in­crease.

It calls on the min­is­ter to pub­lish as soon as pos­si­ble the School Teach­ers’ Re­view Body (STRB) re­port on teach­ers’ pay, and the Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to it.

The STRB rec­om­mends pay in­creases for the teach­ing pro­fes­sion, and the Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse will say if it ac­cepts these rec­om­men­da­tions.

“The end of term is im­mi­nent,” the unions’ let­ter says.

“Schools in some ar­eas have al­ready closed for the sum­mer.

“Head­teach­ers and their teach­ing staff do not know what is hap­pen­ing with re­gard to pay.

“Govern­ing bod­ies can­not dis­cuss how they will im­ple­ment the pay in­crease. No-one knows whether your Gov­ern­ment plans to sup­port the pay in­crease with ad­di­tional fund­ing.”

It also urges Mr Hinds to “con­tinue to press the Chan­cel­lor for im­proved ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing as a pri­or­ity in his Au­tumn Bud­get”.

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