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Union agrees sixth grade teachers to strike over pay

Secondary school teachers in England are elected to strike after supporting a pay rise that exceeds the cost of living.

The Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) has offered a 5% increase, but the National Education Union (NEU) says the RPI inflation rate pushed the cost of living up 11.7%.

The union’s sixth-graders supported a pay rise that exceeded the RPI by 97%, with a turnout of 76.6%, and supported the union moving to a formal vote for industrial action.

dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of NEU, said: “Teachers in sixth form colleges have suffered a real pay cut in the order of 20% since 2010 and in the midst of a livelihood crisis are unwilling to see their income fall any further.

“No one wants to go on strike, but year after year wage increases below inflation have a major impact on the value of their wages. The government needs to address what is now a serious problem for the sector.

“Upper secondary schools play an important role in the education of young people. Failure to provide a fully funded, above-inflation wage increase will lead to further brain drain from this vital sector and hurt the education of our young people.”

Ballots will open on October 18th and close on November 11th.

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