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Anger in NUT and RCM grows against public sector pay limit

Issue No. 2053

The momentum for united action against the public sector pay limit continues. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has lodged a 10 percent pay claim for staff in England and Wales from next year.

The NUT said that at current salary levels young teachers were ruled out of the house buying market in more than three quarters of cities and towns throughout England and Wales.

Meanwhile the union is still waiting for education secretary Alan Johnson to respond to the union's demands that he reopen this year's pay settlement because inflation has exceeded the agreed 'trigger' point.

NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott said, 'A refusal by Alan Johnson to honour the government's commitment to the pay review mechanism will be a betrayal of the teaching profession.'

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has decided to consider industrial action for the first time in its 125-year history over the government's below inflation pay award.

Delegates at last week's RCM annual conference, voted unanimously to ask the RCM's governing council to consider balloting the college's 37,000 members about industrial action short of a strike.

Under the current pay deal, a midwife earning the average salary of £26,702 per year will see the value of their income fall by £694 this year, argues the RCM.

Unions representing teaching and support staff in further education colleges have rejected a pay offer from their employers.

At a meeting of the National Joint Forum on 16 May the employers' Association of Colleges offered 2 percent from 1 August 2007 plus 0.5 percent extra from 1 January 2008 on all scales and allowances.

It has been rejected by all further education trade unions. A further meeting will take place on 26 June.

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