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Liverpool teachers threaten walkout

Issue No. 2079

Teachers in Liverpool are threatening to walk out if their pay demands are not met. Over 100 teachers across the city are expected to protest on Thursday of this week against Brown’s pay freeze, and are warning that a ballot for strike action could begin in the new year.

The protest, organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), follows the government announcement that core funding for schools would be held at 2.1 percent each year until 2011, and that teachers’ pay would be consistent with that.

The city’s NUT national executive member Julie Lyon-Taylor said, “Teachers’ pay is below that of other graduates and a third of teachers leave after three years, and half leave after five years, due to pay and workload.

“Teachers are simply paying off average student debts of £15,000 and then quitting. With many more teachers retiring over the next five years, unless something is done there will be a real struggle to replace them.”

Average starting salaries among those joining major graduate employers were 14 percent higher than for graduate teachers, who start on £19,600 a year after completing an extra year’s training.

The protest will be followed by a meeting at the Liner Hotel in Lord Nelson Street.

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Tue 27 Nov 2007, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2079
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