Statement on Negotiations on Pay and Industrial Action

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15 December 2017 by ATL
Since late May 2017 there has been an intensive series of negotiating meetings between the Northern Ireland Teachers Council (the teaching unions) and Management Side (the school employers and the Department of Education) to seek a resolution to the ongoing pay dispute (and in respect of associated workload and accountability issues) which has led to the current industrial action in schools.

The meetings of the Joint Working Party (Teachers Negotiating Committee) have been brisk, cordial, collegiate and purposeful, but we cannot judge these to have reached a satisfactory conclusion.

In addition to negotiations on Pay, there have been 5 negotiating ‘streams’ to tackle the workload issues arising from:

  • Inspection
  • SEN
  • Assessment
  • Administrative
  • Workload, and
  • Examinations

Following an extended meeting of the Northern Ireland Branch Committee of NEU (ATL) on 7th December, the Statement on Industrial Action was agreed in response to the Management Side paper tabled on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

If members have any feedback on the Statement, or indeed on any matter associated with the pay dispute or industrial action, please contact Mark Langhammer



You can find out more detail about the action being taken and the guidance offered by ATL Northern Ireland in the documents below:

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