The NASUWT, the largest teachers' union in the UK, today contributed to the debate on public sector pay at the TUC Congress in Liverpool.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“Children and young people are entitled to be taught by those who are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals.
“The pay freeze and the 1% cost of living award represents deep cuts to teachers’ pay. Young teachers in particular are struggling as on top of pay cuts and, increased pension contributions they are having to pay back student loans.
“The assault on pay, combined with the attacks on teachers’ pensions, excessive workload, punitive accountability and job loss are a toxic mix, making teaching increasingly unattractive.”
Graham Dawson, NASUWT Senior Vice President, speaking in the debate, said:
“NASUWT members have been in continuous action since 2011 to seek to prevent the Coalition Government squandering the legacy they inherited in 2010 when teaching was the top choice for graduates.
“NASUWT members have taken over 120 days of strike action in individual workplaces in the last year alone.
“They have defended the teachers’ contract through continuous action short of strike action since 2011
"The Secretary of State has been frustrated at every turn by the successful resistance of teachers up and down the country who have been engaged in continuous action, action short of strike action, and strike action where necessary, to hold the line on the teachers contracts and demonstrating the need for ensuring that teachers are focused on the teaching and learning of their pupils."
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