Friday, June 14, 2024

England Teachers End Strikes As All Four Unions Accept Pay Deal

Teacher strikes over pay have ended in England, after all four unions in a dispute with the government accepted a 6.5% pay rise.

Members of the NEU, the UK’s largest teaching union, voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay offer.

The NASUWT and NAHT unions also accepted the deal, with ASCL doing the same earlier in July.

The education secretary said the offer being accepted was good news for teachers, parents and pupils.

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, on Twitter, said the acceptance is a big moment for England education.

Joint general secretary of the NEU, Mary Bousted said the deal meant the average teacher’s salary would increase by £2,500.

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Both sides in the dispute said the pay offer was properly funded and would not come from existing school budgets.

The NAHT, NASUWT and NEU announced that their members had voted in favour of those strikes but that no co-ordinated action would take place following separate votes to accept the pay offer.

The unions also said they were not fully satisfied with the offer they have accepted.

Joint general secretaries Ms Bousted and Kevin Courtney said the NEU’s campaign for improved pay and higher funding for schools will not go away.

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