In response to the recent news about the results of education unions’ ballots for industrial action, Helen Osgood, National Officer for Education & Early Years, said:
“Educators across the country have been making their voice heard and expressing their dismay about the pay offer that has been put to them.
8 out of 10 of our teaching members told us they are not happy with the pay offer they had received, and they wanted to seek a political solution to this issue.
We need a robust action plan from the Government to avert the crisis taking place in our schools and help ensure that our educators feel valued and rewarded for the excellent start they give to our children.
I urge the Government to come up with an increased offer on pay for teachers and teaching assistants who are overworked and underpaid.
We respect staff across the sector and members of other unions who have made the difficult decision to go out on strike.
Whilst our members have not chosen to go on strike, we ask them to show respect and support for colleagues from other unions, who have made the decision to take strike action.
We ask them to never undertake any work that would be carried out by a colleague who is on strike.
Our children, teachers, and teaching assistants deserve better. The Government must act now, before we have empty classrooms, with nobody left to teach the children.”