Statement from Education Minister on teachers’ pay negotiations

Statement from Education Minister on teachers’ pay negotiations

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has said she is disappointed with a lack of progress on teachers’ pay negotiations.

A formal offer on teachers’ pay for 2021/22 and 2022/23, which was made to the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) has been rejected.

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “I am disappointed that the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) have rejected the pay offer that was made to them last week.

“Management Side had offered a two-year pay deal worth 3.2% from 1 September 2021.  The pay award would have seen the removal of the bottom point of the current teachers’ pay scale and the addition of a further point at the top of the scale, with a similar approach applied to each of the pay ranges for school leaders.”

In conclusion, the Minister said: “This pay offer had been made despite a very difficult financial situation and I had hoped that this would have led to a completion of the pay negotiations for 2021/22 and 2022/23 during the current mandate. Management Side will now take time to consider how the matter should be progressed before engaging again with NITC.”

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