BREAKING: Revised pay offer from Welsh Government sees teachers in Wales call off strike action

Revised pay offer from Welsh Government sees teachers in Wales call off strike action

Teachers in Wales have called off their planned strike action after the Welsh Government came back with a revised pay offer.


Strike action planned for next by teachers in Wales has been called off today, Thursday, February 9, after the Welsh Government made them a revised pay offer. The Senedd made a new proposal to the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), and the National Education Union (NEU) unions.

This evening’s news was welcomed as “good news for pupils, parents, carers and staff”, by Jeremy Miles, the Welsh education minister, as reported by Sky News.

However, it was not received as well by the opposition party, the Welsh Conservatives, who asked why the offer was not made sooner “to reduce the uncertainty and stress for parents and pupils”.

Kevin Courtney, the NEU joint general secretary, explained that they had been involved in a “series of discussions in Wales where the focus has been on resolving the dispute”. As a result of today’s agreement, teachers will receive a one-off payment of 1.5 per cent of their salaries, along with a 1.5 per cent pay rise.

“Whilst the offer remains significantly below our members’ demands and does not begin to address the real terms cuts visited upon teachers since 2010, the union will consult with our branches and workplace representatives to secure the views of members in Wales”, he continued.

Mr Courtney added: “In the meantime, next Tuesday’s strike action will be postponed until 2 March. Meanwhile, we will continue to press for a fully consolidated award and to seek an offer in respect of support staff members, who have also provided a clear mandate for action”.

“Discussions over recent weeks have been productive, where we have made good progress on issues such as reducing staff workload and supporting wellbeing. I would like to thank everyone who has participated in these constructive negotiations”, responded the Senedd minister for education, Jeremy Miles.


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