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NASUWT reject teachers pay offer from Stormont

By Rebecca Black

Published 02/02/2016

The largest teachers' union in Northern Ireland has told Stormont that its members have rejected the latest pay offer. Stock image
The largest teachers' union in Northern Ireland has told Stormont that its members have rejected the latest pay offer. Stock image

The largest teachers' union in Northern Ireland has told Stormont that its members have rejected the latest pay offer.

The NASUWT claimed the offer proposes to continue the year-on-year cuts to teachers' pay, and has strings attached that have the potential to depress pay levels even further.

The NASUWT is calling for an above inflation, cost of living award to teachers and principals.

General Secretary Chris Keates said they are deeply concerned by the pay offer and have sent a strident letter to Education Minister John O'Dowd detailing these concerns.

"The Minister needs to be aware of the detailed evidence the NASUWT has researched which demonstrates the impact of the years of pay caps and pay freezes on teachers' salaries," he said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said the 2015 pay negotiations are continuing and have not reached a conclusion. "All parties have agreed that these pay negotiations are confidential to the negotiating parties," she said. "It is therefore disappointing that the NASUWT have breached this confidentiality agreement. It would therefore be inappropriate for the Department to comment further."

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