Yet more signs of TUC/Labour pressure as NASUWT puts pathetic government pay offer to teachers
Teachers have reacted with fury after their unions asked them to ‘consider’ an appallingly insulting pay offer from the government. The proposed ‘deal’ consists of a one-off, unfunded payment of £1000 for the current year and a derisory, far below inflation 4.5% for 23/24 – of which only 0.5% will be funded by government with schools expected to find the rest from already-inadequate budgets.
The National Education Union (NEU) has just finished a zoom call with members at which it presented details and analysis of the offer and recommended rejection. The NASUWT union’s general secretary, however, has tweeted a video telling members that the offer deserves ‘consideration’. The video met with utter scorn from teachers:
One NEU member told Skwawkbox that the NEU has recommended rejection:
I’ll be rejecting it, it’s shocking. The OFSTED stuff is interesting but the pay offer is a disgrace.
Another wanted to know why the NEU was even bothering to put the offer to members when it is so little improved compared to what was available before the strike and still represents a massive real-terms pay cut for hard-working teachers:
Why the hell are we even being asked to think about this? It’s pathetic and should be rejected out of hand. We need to continue the strike and not let the government jerk us around like this and deceive the public. If the NASUWT accept it they’ll be playing right into the government’s hands when we need a united front saying enough is enough.
Labour and the TUC, meanwhile, have been accused of pressuring leaders of various unions into watering down demands and action and even recommending similarly appalling offers, to protect Keir Starmer. Neither the party nor the TUC has denied the allegations.
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