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FINALLY IT ADDS UP FOR TEACHERS; Hard-working school staff in line for 4.25% wage hike but unions slam deal leak; ULSTER TEACHERS SET FOR BUMPER PAY RISE.

Byline: SHAUNA CORR

TEACHERS could be in line for a 4.25% pay rise backdated two years if a deal is reached on a leaked settlement draft.

Northern Ireland's overworked school staff have long been calling for action on wages, workloads, special education resources and budgets.

But union official Jacquie Reid said: "It is very disappointing this leak has taken place. Negotiations are ongoing and nothing has been completely agreed. Industrial action will continue until agreement has been reached with teachers."

All five unions are standing firm on striking until the deal crosses the line. The National Association of Head TEACHERS (NI), which represents around a third of principals, became the last union to move towards industrial action due to Government inaction in March.

It then urged its members to join UTU, INTO, NEU and NASUWT in refusing school inspections, DENI monitoring, CCEA assessments and to work within terms outlined in the Jordanstown Agreement. NAHT (NI) president Geri Cameron said at the time: "We are currently the only teacher union in NORTHERN IRELAND not taking any form of industrial action.

"But as authorities within education have yet to solve the ongoing dispute after eight years, we now must consider the next step."

The BBC's Robbie Meredith, who has seen the leaked document, told the Evening Extra programme last night: "In financial terms, basically it means teachers would get a backdated pay award of 2.25% for 2017-18 and 2% in 2018-19.

"Obviously the actual monetary impact of that would vary because teachers' payscales are quite wide."

A DENI spokesman added: "The department does not comment on leaked documents.

"Negotiations with the teaching unions continue on pay for 2017-18 and 2018-19.

"They are not yet resolved. Any agreement will be subject to normal approvals and funding being made available." irish@mgn.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2019
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