TELFORD TEACHERS TO STRIKE
Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will hold two days of strike action tomorrow (17 June) and Wednesday 25 June at New College Telford.
The action has been called as a result of the refusal of the College to pay teachers the 1% pay uplift agreed for teachers in England by the Secretary of State for Education for the academic year 2013/14.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“It is completely unacceptable that the College has refused to give teachers the nationally agreed 1% uplift to their salaries.
“No reasonable rationale or explanation has been provided by the College for denying hard-working teachers their rightful pay award.
“This action is particularly shameful at a time then teachers are continuing to face increasing hardship as a result of the rising cost of living and increased pensions contributions.
“The NASUWT has made every effort to avoid strike action, but the employer has refused to listen to reason and therefore staff have been left with no choice.
“These strikes can be avoided if the employer agrees to pay the 1% award and backdate payments to 1 September 2013 when it should have come into force.”
Ingrid Reeds, NASUWT National Executive Member for Shropshire, said:
“Teachers at the College are rightfully angry and frustrated at being denied their pay award.
“They are dedicated and hard-working professionals who have been forced into strike action by the intransigence of their employer who is seeking to depress their pay without any just cause.”