Minister welcomes progress on teachers’ pay negotiations
A formal offer on teachers’ pay for 2019 and 2020 has been accepted by the five main teaching unions.
Education Minister Peter Weir said:
“I am pleased that the five trade unions which make up the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) have accepted a pay offer today on behalf of their members.
“Management side offered a cost of living increase of 2% payable from 1 September 2019 and an additional 2% payable from 1 September 2020. The pay award is applicable to all salary scales and teaching allowances.”
The business case for the pay offer will be subject to formal approvals from the Department of Finance.
Concluding the Minister said:
“Teachers play a vital role in the Northern Ireland education system and I want to put on record my appreciation for the hard work they do on a daily basis, which has been made more difficult by the challenges of this pandemic.”
The pay offer for teachers includes backdating of a 2% salary increase from September 2019, and a further 2% from September 2020 for all teachers, and it is expected that teachers will receive payment in either May or June 2021, subject to DoF approval of the business case for the pay offer.
In a statement the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee said:
“At a meeting of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee held today, the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) formally accepted Management Side’s offer for teachers’ pay 2019-20 and 2020-21.
“The Agreement reached on pay will give effect to a pay award for all teachers in Northern Ireland of 2% payable from 1 September 2019 and an additional 2% payable from 1 September 2020. The pay award is applicable to all salary scales and teaching allowances.
“Subject to receipt of final approval of the pay remit by the Department of Finance, it is anticipated that the pay award will be implemented in the May / June payrolls.
“Both sides believe this pay award represents a good deal for teachers in the present circumstances and creates the optimum environment to ensure the reviews that formed an integral part of the 2017-19 Pay and Workload Agreement can be taken forward to completion in the most positive and constructive manner.
“A year on from the onset of the pandemic, both Management Side and the NITC acknowledge and pay tribute to the extraordinary commitment, dedication and leadership demonstrated by all our school leaders and teachers to ensure the continuity of learning for all our children and young people. Their roles and contribution in the fight against the global health crisis cannot be overstated.”