Teachers Threaten to Strike Unless They Get Big Pay Raise

Teachers Threaten to Strike Unless They Get Big Pay Raise

Teachers unions joined a TUC march in London on Saturday to protest the cost of living crisis (PA Wire)

Teachers unions joined a TUC march in London on Saturday to protest the cost of living crisis (PA Wire)

Teachers unions have threatened to strike unless they receive salary increases that bust inflation because members “cannot survive” on current salaries.

Two major education unions have announced they will vote members on industrial action unless significant salary increases are offered later this year.

The NASUWT teachers union wants a 12% salary increase or will vote for members in November.

The National Education Union (NEU) will write to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi on Wednesday when inflation is expected to pick up again and demand for a salary will grow at least in line with the increase.

This comes as doctors, nurses, civil servants, postal workers, BT engineers and traffic wardens also threaten industrial action due to spiraling costs and cuts.

Criminal lawyers added to the wave by announcing a vote in favor of a series of “days of action” starting next Monday and continuing in the following weeks.

The strikes, which will begin with a protest outside the Old Bailey, will also include a policy of no new cases and no “returns” of work passed on by colleagues and seems certain to add to the already large backlog of judgments.

Lawyers are demanding a 25% increase in their fees, which they say have been significantly eroded in real terms in recent years, as well as more government action to deal with what they say is a “crisis” affecting their profession. .

Nursing unions have demanded salary increases 5% above inflation, which is expected to reach 11% this year, or they will vote for members because of union action.

A series of crippling strikes at Network Rail and 13 train operators will take place this week amid an ongoing dispute over wages and pensions.

Mary Bousted, Assistant Secretary General of the NEU, said today that its members have suffered a drop in their salaries “by about a fifth since 2010”.

“They were thanked for the pandemic in 2021 with a pay freeze,” she told BBC Radio 4.

“Our members are now telling us that they simply cannot continue on the salaries they are receiving given the work they do. We are the profession that works the most unpaid overtime.”

She added: “We will put a number on the letter to the Secretary of State on Wednesday. We need at least one salary increase that matches inflation.”

NASUWT Secretary General Dr. Patrick Roach said teachers should see 12% added to salaries.

“If the government and the salary review body reject a positive program of compensatory rewards for teachers, we will ask our members if they are prepared to take national industrial action in response,” he said.

The average classroom teacher is paid between £25,714 and £41,604. For those working in inner London schools, this rises to between £29,664 and £40,372.

The unions, which together represent more than 760,000 workers, will conduct an indicative survey to gauge support for the strike later this year if their demands are not met.

This would be followed by a formal vote if the first result suggests members support the strike.

Chief Treasury Secretary Simon Clarke said the government cannot finance “wage increases to end inflation” because it “will drive the problem we are trying to solve”.

When asked about the pay review, which is happening for civil servants, he told Sky News: “It sets an overall framework that is important for employers to understand what obviously public sector pay discipline really matters here.

“We have an inflation problem in this country, as indeed is common throughout the western world after the pandemic, if we don’t want this problem to intensify or prolong, we need to be sensible about payments.

“If we give premiums above inflation in this scenario, we are in a really tough spot in terms of reducing inflation.”

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