An estimated 25 per cent of Island teachers attended a meeting last night called by the Jersey Teachers Panel to discuss the States pay freeze and the loss of rights to negotiate over pay and conditions.
They voted unanimously to take their fight for a better deal to the next level. The panel, which represents all three teaching unions, will now instruct the unions’ national executives to declare a dispute with the States Employment Board, which negotiates on pay for the States.
A statement released by the panel this morning said: ‘It was clear that Jersey teachers were upset with what has become a norm – the States telling Jersey teachers that they are not valued. Teachers are saying that “enough is enough” and that the States must start to listen and openly and fairly negotiate.’