The States Employment Board has today agreed proposals to end the dispute with the two teaching unions, NASUWT and NEU, following months of negotiations.
The proposed agreement provides for the following core pay offer:
- 2018 – 2% consolidated increase plus 1.1% non-consolidated cash payment
- 2019 – 2% consolidated increase plus 1.0% non-consolidated cash payment
- 2020 – RPI + 1.3% consolidated increase, plus an additional 0.8% funded through reforms and sustainable efficiencies.
Over the three years (based on an assumed RPI of 3.1%) this represents a consolidated increase worth 9.4%, plus 2.1% of non-consolidated cash payments.
Chair of SEB and Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: “I am pleased that we have reached the point where a final agreement is within reach, after a series of difficult negotiations over many months.
“This is a pay framework for teachers which should satisfy all parties. It provides the teachers with the additional 0.8% increase to consolidated pay that their unions sought, but funded through identified reforms and sustainable efficiencies, thereby keeping the overall cost of the pay offer within the limits agreed by SEB.
“These reforms and efficiencies are based on removing and redirecting unnecessary expenditure, and will not involve cuts that would affect education standards. They are supported by the Government’s commitment to drive through wider efficiencies – and these will benefit education and teaching by making key areas of non-staffing activity more cost effective”
The Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois, said: “I’m pleased that the SEB and the two teaching unions have considered the interests of our children, as well as recognising the value of teachers, in finalising this proposed pay agreement. I look forward to my department and the SEB working with the unions and professional associations on further developing the education service to improve outcomes for our children and young people.”
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