21 May 2019
The States Employment Board (SEB) met yesterday evening to review the outcome of the past two weeks of negotiations with the NASUWT and NEU teaching unions.
The Government’s negotiators reported positive progress, with the aim of resolving the ongoing disputes and avoiding further industrial action.
The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, commented: “I welcome the positive outcomes of the ongoing discussions with the NASUWT and NEU. SEB has authorised negotiators to build on this progress, in order to make an improved pay offer by the middle of June.
“We need to reach a resolution and provide the certainty that is necessary for the Island’s children and their parents, especially at a time when many will be facing important examinations. I do not want to see this process further prolonged and causing damage to our student’s education.
“SEB values the work of all of our teachers and wants to reach a fair and reasonable agreement, which is acceptable to all parties. I am encouraged by the current dialogue between our negotiators and the teachers’ union negotiators, and hope that a solution can be reached without the need for further industrial action.”
The SEB also announced this morning that Head Teachers and Deputy Head Teachers have accepted their three-year pay offer and a new leadership model. For the first time, in order to aid career development, no teacher will be paid more than a Deputy Head Teacher, and no Deputy Head Teacher will earn more than a Head Teacher.