NEU teachers vote to end pay dispute
NEU teachers have voted to end the long-running pay dispute after agreed to the latest offer put forward by the States Employment Board.
The offer made to the NEU by the States Employment Board includes a pay rise of inflation plus 1.3%, plus 0.8% funded through reforms and sustainable efficiencies from January 2020.
Negotiations reached a breakthrough last week after several months of dispute, which saw NEU members strike for eight days throughout last month.
At a meeting held at the Freedom Church on Monday evening, NEU members voted to approve the deal – bringing an end to months-long dispute.
Ian Stevenson said he was pleased that teachers got what they wanted with NEU Jersey president Brendan’s Carolan adding: ‘It is a sigh of relief it is over because no one wants to go on strike.
‘I don’t think there are winners in this, only children and parents, and I hope the government values their employees going forward and know we won’t accept in arrears and will be reasonable in the future.’
In the meeting he said he was proud of the teachers who took a stand and took action, before a near unanimous vote was taken to agree the pay deal.
The proposed agreement is:
- 2018 – 2% consolidated increase plus 1.1% non-consolidated cash payment
- 2019 – 2% consolidated increase plus 1.0% non-consolidated cash payment
- 2020 – inflation rate + 1.3% consolidated increase, plus an additional 0.8% funded through reforms and sustainable efficiencies.
Haute Vallée teacher Charlotte Riley said: ‘We are pleased it is done and just hope the government stick to it.
‘We will continue to fight in the future and make sure teachers are valued.
‘It is what we have been asked for all along, so it is so frustrating it has taken until now to get it done.’