Local leaders of the National Association of Schoolmasters and the Union of Women Teachers, which has 500 members, say that members are prepared to take tough action in their dispute over the public sector pay freeze. Representative Pip Ward said that there was now overwhelming support for strike action by the vast majority of union members.
Yesterday, the Jersey branch of National Union of Teachers announced that its members had backed strike action. NUT local spokesman Anne Southern said that the walk-out could be as early as the end of January.
Miss Ward said that the Jersey branch of the NASUWT was still in the process of
negotiating with the States, adding that members were now prepared to strike if mediation talks failed. She said that the decision by the States Employment Board to not offer any pay increase was ‘an example of the contempt its members seemed to have for public sector employees’.