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Teachers’ union accepts 6.5% pay rise and voted to end strike action

by LLB staff reporter
31st Jul 23 2:01 pm

The National Education Union (NEU) has said their members have accepted the 6.5% pay rise for teachers in England and they have voted to end strike action.

The NEU said that 86% of their members voted to accept the pay rise which comes after the union stages eight days of strike action since February in England.

NEU general secretary said, “As a democratic union, the NEU leadership promised members that any pay and funding offer given by Government that warranted their consideration would be put to them. Members have spoken very clearly and in great numbers.

“The NEU submissions to the STRB went a long way towards changing the Government’s position on pay and funding. The strike action taken by our members also shifted the dial, securing the highest pay award for over thirty years. Members should be proud they have also secured extra funding for schools.”

Adding, “The Government should be in no doubt that we will hold its feet to the fire on delivering for teachers and support staff on workload and funding and continue to represent the profession in future STRB consultations.

“It remains the view of the NEU that school and college funding is far from adequate. It remains a commitment of the NEU to campaign for further increases in teacher pay.

“Everyone in the school and colleges community deserves an education system that attracts and keeps teaching staff, and one that ensures every child gets the attention and support they deserve. Our campaign for a better-funded education system will not go away.”

Education secretary Gillian Keegan said in a statement, “The deal brings an end to the disruption faced by parents and young people and means we can focus on what matters most, giving our children a world-class education.

“That means tackling persistent absence and getting every child through the school gates every day, a relentless focus on closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and continued action to help young people make up for time lost during the pandemic.”

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