Nadeem Zhawi says teachers’ strike will be unfair after epidemic.


Everyone who goes on strike will be “unforgivable”, Nadeem Zhawi said, adding that the largest teachers’ union has warned of industrial action over pay and workload.

The education secretary said such a move would be “irresponsible” in light of the turmoil in children’s education due to epidemics.

This came as the National Education Union (NEU) said it would consult with its members in the fall, if the government did not respond to its concerns in the next few months, to support industrial action. Encouragement. “

Young people have faced more obstacles than any previous generation.

Mr Zahawi wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Young people have faced more barriers than any previous generation, and now it is time to say that rehabilitation is in full swing and families are leaving school or college. Then think of your next big step. Unforgivable and unfair. “

The union said pay cuts and increased workloads were affecting teacher recruitment and retention, causing “real damage” to education.

He criticized the government’s evidence before the School Teachers Review Body, which proposed a 3% increase in the salaries of most teachers in England, meaning that based on Wednesday’s inflation figure of 9.1%. 11.7% for CPI measure and RPI.

The teachers ‘strike is “likely to last more than 20 years in my profession,” NEU Deputy General Secretary Niam Sweeney told Sky News’ The Tech Wood Sophie Ridge.

“Teachers are telling us they’re having a hard time reaching the end of the month. Their heating bills and their fuel bills mean they’re struggling to survive.”

In a letter to Mr Zhaovi, the union called for full funding for all teachers, in addition to increased salaries, as well as measures to reduce the payload and workload of other staff, such as support staff.

The minister was told that teachers’ salaries had dropped by a fifth in a real sense since 2010, even before the rise in inflation this year, when their workload was at an “unsustainable” level.

Education Secretary Nadeem Zhawi says strike will be ‘unfair’ (Victoria Jones / PA) / PA Wire

The letter said: “With the real reduction in teachers’ salaries against inflation, there has been a relative decline in earnings.

“The average teacher’s salary is at its lowest level in 40 years compared to the average income in the whole economy.

“Teachers and school leaders often tell us that workload is their primary concern.

“But right now, our members are telling us that pay is a big issue.

“The combination of unsustainable hours, the intensity of work during these hours and the constantly falling levels of wages is hurting our schools and the young people we are educating.

“Teachers are looking at their working hours and their pay and calculating the hourly rate, which is dangerously low.

The latest teacher training figures are alarming. Compared to last year, the number of applications has decreased by 24%.

In the first year of education, one of the eight new qualified teachers left the job.

“These young people have often completed a degree, then a postgraduate qualification.

“They are a huge loss for the profession, but more importantly for the nation’s students who rely on their teachers to educate and care for them.

“You have to respond to the new economic reality of double-digit inflation and the threats it poses to the quality of life of teachers.

“We urge you to make a commitment to increase the cost of living for all teachers.

“It’s not good enough to suggest more increases just for elementary teachers (which is likely to be less than inflation itself).

“The current inaction by the government on these questions is really damaging the education and livelihood of our members.

“We want to inform you that in the fall, we will consult with our members on their willingness to take industrial action in the event of a significant failure on your part.”

“And we will encourage them to vote.”

“When you run both education and teachers on the ground, we can’t stand it anymore.”