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Teachers' pay dispute coming to a close?

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THE long-running teachers’ pay dispute, which has caused widespread disruption to Island schools, is close to coming to an end after a fresh offer was made to NEU members.

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The latest negotiations appear to have brought about a breakthrough, with the NEU now due to put a new offer to its members at a meeting on Monday. The offer has already been agreed with union officials and was passed through the SEB yesterday.

And while the full details of the latest offer have not yet been revealed, it is understood that a proposed ‘50-50 gain share’, whereby efficiencies within the Education Department would be split evenly between teachers and over-arching government savings, has been scrapped.

NEU Jersey president Brendan Carolan confirmed that the union had not issued any further strike warning and that he expected the offer to be accepted by members.

The union has been undertaking strike action which resulted in teachers walking out for eight days throughout May.

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