Teachers in England and Wales look set to have their pay held down to a 2 percent “rise” each year for the next three years.
Schools minister Jim Knight announced last week that schools would only be guaranteed a 2.1 percent rise in core funding each year until 2011, and that teachers’ pay would be “consistent” with that.
It’s thought that such a low “minimum funding guarantee” will put many schools in financial difficulty.
Teachers are still waiting to hear the government’s response to the School Teachers’ Review Body report (STRB) on pay.
But Knight stressed last week that the report’s recommendations would be considered “within the wider context of the government’s approach to public sector pay”, which is to impose a 2 percent pay freeze.
Despite the fact that some in the NUT teachers’ union leadership are reluctant to start a ballot for strike action, teachers are continuing to organise to build the fight back.
Alex Kenny from the NUT executive spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. “Teachers up and down the country are holding rallies and meetings over the next few weeks to build the pay campaign,” he said.
“The London-wide pay rally, which takes place on 6 December, will be addressed by Mark Serwotka from the PCS civil service workers’ union and Steve Sinnott from the NUT. We need to keep on building the campaign for decent pay”.