Teachers’ unions unite to launch pay campaign

Northern Ireland TEACHERS unions come together to launch pay campaign.

The Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC), the union’s representative body, has agreed to act jointly to “make the search for an acceptable solution to the question of teachers’ pay an electoral issue”.

The campaign was triggered by the rejection of a salary offer from the Ministry of Education and employers’ authorities.

A series of town hall meetings will be held in the north, addressed by senior union officials with the campaign aiming to ‘give the public and teachers a forum to air their views and for local politicians to see and hear firsthand. the anger the profession is feeling right now”.

Jacquie White of the Ulster Teachers’ Union said: “Teachers deserve a pay offer that recognizes their value to society and acknowledges the contribution they have made over the past few years to keeping our struggling education system functioning in the face of a pandemic. and continued underfunding.

“The offer we received was not that.”

Mark Langhamme of the National Education Union also said that with “inflation at 6.2% and the Bank of England expecting to rise to over 8% in time to come, teachers are right to rejected the salary offer made to them”.

“What we need is for our politicians to take this issue seriously and recognize that teachers are essential workers who are critical to the future well-being of not just our society but our economy,” he said. he declares.

“Making them a salary offer that amounts to a pay cut is a source of trouble.

Graham Gault of NAHT NI said staff “feel let down and let down by a pay offer that mocks the hard work and effort that all of our members have put in during the pandemic”.

“Headteachers, leadership teams and all other members of the teaching profession have made huge sacrifices to keep schools open for children and young people,” he said.

“The offer made to our members does not reflect any of this work, effort or sacrifice. This is unacceptable and we demand that the ministry and employers do better for school leaders and teachers.”

INTO’s Gerry Murphy added that “the strength of sentiment within the profession is evident from the coming together of NITC to campaign as one body speaking with one voice on this issue”.

“Politicians and civil servants as well as employing bodies need to understand that teachers better deserve a salary offer that reflects other graduate professions,” he said.

“Our members are worth more and are determined to see a decent cost of living increase.”

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