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No money for salary hike, teachers told

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 16/11/2016

The Education Minister has said he has
The Education Minister has said he has "no more money" to increase teachers' wages. Stock image

The Education Minister has said he has "no more money" to increase teachers' wages.

Appealing for members of the NASUWT union to "show restraint" and not participate in planned strikes, Peter Weir claimed that pay increases could lead to redundancies.

The DUP minister insisted: "There has always got to be a balance to be struck between greater levels of pay and teachers losing their jobs.

"I don't have any additional money to throw at this particular issue."

Mr Weir was speaking during Question Time at the Assembly.

He also disputed claims that pay for teachers here lagged two years behind that of counterparts elsewhere in the UK, adding that annual increments meant those with a salary below £37,500 had received a rise.

NASUWT members from more than 100 schools in Belfast and Newtownabbey are expected to stage a one-day strike later this month.

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