NASUWT Union: 'Disappointing' that strike threat needed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A teaching union has said it's "disappointing" that strike action was necessary to get further talks on a new pay deal.

NASUWT had planned a walkout, but said further discussions with Jersey's States Education Board had led to "progress towards a better pay offer".

The union's general secretary Chris Keates said it was "disappointing" that it took "notification of industrial strike action" to allow for more talks.

"The States should be in no doubt however, that if next week’s discussions do not result in progress towards a better deal for teachers, industrial action will be back on the cards as teachers’ patience has run out,” he added.

Jersey rally

Fewer than two weeks ago public sector workers marched through St Helier as part of calls for a better pay deal across all States departments.