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NUT/NASUWT: Jersey Dispute

After intense negotiation with the States Employment Board, the NUT and the NASUWT - the Unions representing the overwhelming majority of teachers in the States of Jersey - have announced that significant progress has been made towards resolution of trade dispute relevant to the 2009 pay freeze and abrogation by the States Employment Board of negotiating machinery.

Christine Blower General Secretary of the NUT said

"It is unfortunate that it took a ballot of our members for industrial action to bring about constructive discussions with the States Employment Board. We are very pleased that we have now made the progress necessary that will enable the focus to be on the education of pupils, which our members always have at the forefront of their mind.

"This has been a long, hard battle. I would like to pay tribute to NUT and NASUWT members who have taken a determined and principled stand to ensure a fair outcome for all teachers."

Chris Keates General Secretary of the NASUWT said

"The strength, determination and solidarity of our members has brought the States Employment Board to the negotiating table and enabled progress to be made towards securing appropriate pay and conditions of service which will support them in continuing to deliver the highest standards of education for children and young people in Jersey.

"The terms of the agreement reached to date will ensure when fully implemented and all negotiations are complete that teachers and school leaders are able to focus on their core role of teaching and learning by the removal of tasks that do not require their skills and expertise.

"The teachers on Jersey have been in the forefront of the fight to ensure that the public is able to continue to receive high quality public services which would have been eroded had teachers not been prepared to make a stand".

For further details contact Caroline Cowie, NUT Press Officer, on 0207 380 4706 or 07879480061

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