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Teachers plan more walk-outs next month

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TEACHERS are planning eight days of strike action next month in the ongoing pay dispute with the States Employment Board.

Teachers are set to walk-out next month. (24420199)

The National Education Union (NEU) will call on members in all primary and secondary state schools in a series of strikes over a four week period in May.

And it is calling on other teachers unions to join in.

The union says despite talks with the SEB to try to reach a negotiated settlement, the States Employment Board (SEB) remain committed to an unconsolidated pay offer the union says will see teachers being forced to take a real terms pay cut of 3.5%.

Ian Stevenson NEU regional secretary said: 'Teachers in Jersey want a fair deal over pay and like everyone else, to be treated with respect and dignity at work. The pay offer from the States Education Board is an insult to the profession.

'Teachers always take industrial action only as a last resort, we hope that the prospect of sustained strike action in May will concentrate the minds of the States Employment Board (SEB) and lead to a negotiated settlement, before taking such action becomes necessary.'

The planned strike days are: Wed 1 May, Tues 7 & Wed 8 May, Wed 15 & Thurs 16 May and Tues 21, Wed 22 and Thur 23 May.

The union says members who teach year 11 and 13 will be exempted strike action to ensure there is no disruption for pupils’ preparation for examinations.

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