Following the December 2016 ballot on Pay, in which 83.9% voted for industrial action (short of strike) in response to the Government’s derisory pay offer of 0% in 2015-16 and 1% in 2016-17, ATL has announced that action would commence.
What action is being taken?
- Complete non-cooperation with the ETI.
- Complete non-cooperation with Key Stage Assessment arrangements.
- Working to Rule on the Teachers’ Contract (the Jordanstown Agreement).
- Working to Rule on the Workload Agreement (TNC 2011/8).
- Action on Needless Accountability, Scrutiny, Bureaucracy and Administration (determined by consensus at School Level).
- Relinquishing individual non-contractual work.
What is the purpose of this action?
- To protest against the derisory pay settlement imposed by the Minister for Education
- To protect teaching and learning over unnecessary bureaucracy, scrutiny administration and accountability
- To oppose the decision of Government to end contractual incremental progression (or “time served” progression as the Government term it)
- To oppose the imposition of Performance Related Pay
- To ensure that cuts made to jobs education resources and school budgets do not mean “Do more with Less” for teachers
- To protect teachers’ professionalism, discretion and autonomy.
You can find out more detail about the action being taken and the guidance offered by ATL Northern Ireland in the documents below: