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WATCH: Jersey teachers stage protest on second day of strike action

DOZENS of teachers staged a protest in St Helier this morning on the second day of a three-day walkout in a long-running pay dispute. 

NEU members will return to work on Friday following strikes which have forced a number of schools to close. 

In addition to a 7.9% rise which has been applied and backdated to January, teachers have been offered an 8% increase on 1 January 2024, a 拢1,000 lump sum on the same date and inflation-matched rises for 2025 and 2026.聽

The NASUWT has suspended its work-to-rule action while it ballots members on the offer, but the NEU has rejected the deal. 

Today, NEU members gathered in St Helier and made their way to the Royal Square as States Members debated聽whether to increase investment in Children, Young People, Education & Skills frontline services by 拢2 million, instead of spending the money on the 聽Modernisation and Digital department.聽

Teachers sat in the public gallery to watch the debate.聽

In a full-page advert in Tuesday金光佛论坛檚 JEP, the government said that it had made an offer that was 金光佛论坛渇air to teachers and affordable for Jersey金光佛论坛.聽

It added: 金光佛论坛淭his year the States Employment Board (SEB) recommended that a 7.9% pay rise should be given to public servants who provide invaluable services across the Island. 

金光佛论坛淭he offer, which the government believes was reasonable and fair, was accepted by every other group in the public service, including those in the emergency services who we金光佛论坛檝e relied on so heavily in the last year and school support staff such as teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors and caretakers. 

金光佛论坛淒espite this, the teaching unions requested a 15.4% pay rise this year and the NEU have asked for a 17.6% rise in 2024. 

金光佛论坛淓veryone would like a significant pay rise, but the government is equally certain that Islanders can see this is simply unrealistic when average earnings increased by 7.7% in the last year. 

金光佛论坛淕iving in to the unions金光佛论坛 demands would put public finances into the red and keep them there.金光佛论坛 

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