Pay, pensions, workload update


The NUT has been campaigning on the issues of pay, pensions and workload for the last three years. In October we held a joint strike with the NASUWT over these issues and Michael Gove’s plan to remove the cap on 195 days a year, 1265 hours a year, PPA time and bringing back cover. Together we held a series of strikes in June and October last year. This pushed the STRB to turn down Gove and he had all his plans thrown out - Gove was the first Secretary of State to receive such a humiliating rebuff.


It also forced Gove to offer talks on pay, pensions and workload, however, he soon reverted to type and dragged his feet as much as possible. Our strike on March 26th forced him and David Laws to attend the talks and finally to respond to our concerns.


The government published new advice on PRP this week giving some small concessions:

  • teachers should be told well in advance if their increment is likely to be withheld;

  • the PRP process should not be bureaucratic;

  • warns schools of the need to make sure that PRP doesn’t disadvantage women, older teachers, black teachers and teachers from an ethnic minority, gay teachers or disabled teachers;

  • the DfE published a model procedure for pay appeals.


You can read the documents here, here and here. They also committed to finding out why teacher workload has gone up so much under this government and to researching whether it is feasible/desirable for teachers to work until 68.


This clearly isn’t enough to significantly improve the lives of teachers and we would have achieved much more if the NASUWT had continued the joint campaign. So the NUT are pushing hard to unite the teachers’ unions because it is the only way we will reclaim for our professional standing.


The NUT have called a strike on July 10th to pressurise the government to properly address our concerns. This strike will be in conjunction with TAs and other support staff in Unison, GMB and Unite, and more widely with civil servants, council staff and firefighters.


Next term we will survey every NUT member to decide where next we go with the campaign.

From NUT records

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