Teachers call off next week's strike in Wales after Welsh Government pay offer

Teachers call off next week's strike in Wales after Welsh Government pay offer

Teachers have called off their strike in Wales next week after the Welsh Government.

The National Education Union Cymru said the NEU national executive has agreed to postpone the walk out on February 14 after "detailed talks".

Teachers in Wales have been offered a salary increase of 1.5% and a one-off cash bonus equivalent to a further 1.5% of their salary.
The National Education Union had scheduled three more strikes for February 14, March 15 and March 16 in its dispute over pay and conditions with the Welsh Government. However the strikes are now on hold while the union discusses the latest pay off with its members.

NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “The willingness of the Welsh Government to engage in talks with us about the current pay dispute is in stark contrast to the position taken by Westminster and the Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan. We have now had a series of discussions in Wales where the focus has been on resolving the dispute, resulting in the current offer of an additional consolidated award of 1.5% this year, plus a non-consolidated lump sum of 1.5%.
“Whilst the offer remains significantly below our members' demands, and does not begin to address the real terms cuts visited upon teachers since 2010, the Union will consult with our branches and workplace representatives to secure the views of members in Wales. In the meantime, next Tuesday’s strike action will be postponed until 2 March. Meanwhile, we will continue to press for a fully consolidated award and to seek an offer in respect of support staff members, who have also provided a clear mandate for action.”