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NUT on No Pay Freeze

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;

"The two-year pay freeze follows a long period of real terms cuts for teachers, when their pay awards were well below inflation. The impact of the pay freeze will be worsened by the increase in teacher pension contributions planned by the Government, and by continued high levels of inflation.

"Frozen pay and higher pension contributions are likely to reduce teachers' take-home pay by 11 per cent in total - this translates into losses running into thousands of pounds for individual teachers. With pay settlements in the private sector improving, the value of pay in teaching and other public sector professions will reduce in comparative terms.

"Worsening the real and relative value of teachers' pay will reduce the attraction of teaching as a career, damaging this vital profession and our economic prospects".

ENDS

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