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.
On Monday 4 December, 2017 the National Joint Council for Sixth Form Colleges Committee for Teaching Staff (Staff Side) met representatives of the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), the colleges’ national body, to resume discussions on the sixth form college teachers’ annual pay award from September 2017.
The Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), the colleges employers’ national body, have offered a pay increase of 1% on all scale points and allowances from 1 September 2017. The Staff Side have rejected this offer and asked the SFCA to go back to its colleges and meet with the Staff Side again to make a higher offer.
In response to the joint trade union claim for 2017/18, the Association of Colleges (AoC), has made a final recommendation of a 1% increase applied to all salaries, or the sum of £250 where this is more beneficial.
The NEU Political Fund ballot has now closed and we are pleased to report that members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of establishing a Political Fund.
Working with 5 other unions across England and Wales, ATL has jointly produced advice on the application of the proposed changes to the STPCD, including the adoption of pay scales and the application of individual pay increases. This joint advice will be sent to all schools following the formal confirmation of the proposed changes and the publication of the 2017 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).
Along with ASCL, NAHT, NUT, UCAC and Voice, ATL has written to Justine Greening in response to Government proposals following the STRB's 27th Report on school teachers' pay.
The government has now published the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommendations for teachers’ pay from September 2017.
Following a consultation exercise which found a majority of members in favour of acceptance, ATL, together with the other five recognised unions, has now accepted the Association of College’s pay recommendation.
The Trade Union Side formally presented its pay and conditions claim for FE colleges at a meeting of the National Joint Forum on 14 June 2016.