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'Teachers deserve 10% pay increase' Union urges rise despite crunch.

Byline: By ALISON KERSHAW News Correspondent

A UNION called today for teachers to be given a 10%pay rise, despite the gloomy economy.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the Government should not use the recession as an "excuse" to offer a lower pay increase.

In a submission to the School Teachers Review Body (STRB), the NUT said pay should be increased by pounds 3,000 or 10%, whichever is greater.

All teaching unions are lobbying for an increase of more than 2.3% this year, the Times Educational Supplement reported.

The STRB, which recommends to Government howmuch teachers should be paid, suggested a 2.3% rise last year, and is now re-examining that figure.

Christine Blower, the acting general secretary of the NUT, said: "Neither the STRB nor the Government should be tempted to use the economic downturn as an excuse to consider cutting the 2009 teachers' pay increase below the 2.3% they previously promised.

"The pay increase should in fact be much higher. Successive below-inflation pay awards from 2005 onwards have left teaching unattractive to graduateswho can earn more with less stress in other fields."

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: "We have increased teachers' pay by an average of 19% in real terms since 1997 to recognise the challenging but rewarding job they do with the average salary for classroom teachers now pounds 31,400 and for all teachers, including heads and deputies, pounds 34,000. The recommended 2.3%pay award represents a good deal for both teachers and the taxpayers."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2009
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