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Teachers' union: “Failure to commence negotiations in good time is unacceptable”

Teachers' union: “Failure to commence negotiations in good time is unacceptable”

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Teachers' union: “Failure to commence negotiations in good time is unacceptable”

Wednesday 20 April 2022


The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has criticised the States of Guernsey for not prioritising agreed pay awards for teachers and lecturers.

A letter has been penned by NAHT to a member of the Policy & Resources Committee, demanding the commencement of pay award negotiations, something it says should’ve happened already.

“Dear Deputy [Dave] Mahoney,” it begins, “you will be aware that the joint unions through the Negotiating Committee for Teachers and Lecturers in Guernsey (NCTLG) have previously raised concerns around the failure of the States to commence meaningful negotiations on the 2022 pay award for Teachers and Lecturers.

“The pay award was due to take effect on 1 January 2022, the States having unilaterally changed the award date from 1 September without any consultation, claiming this would streamline the process. This pay award is now seriously overdue.”

Deputy Mahoney has since replied, suggesting the Committee “has many pressing issues outside of pay negotiations”.

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Pictured: The Union argues that some teachers and lecturers have not had a substantial pay increase since 2019.

The NAHT continues: “The Joint Unions previously wrote to you in March stating the delay to the commencement of negotiations was unacceptable, and your reply assured us that negotiations would commence imminently. However, the NCTLG have been offered 19 May as the first substantive pay negotiations meeting, five months after the pay award was meant to take effect.

“The failure to commence negotiations in good time is simply unacceptable, and despite your assertions to the contrary, this further delay provides yet more evidence that the employer has failed to make this a priority. It will worsen an already severe recruitment crisis and will actively encourage existing staff to leave teaching in Guernsey. 

“The States must simply prioritise the pay award for teachers and lecturers, and commence meaningful negotiations without further delay with a substantial offer. Failure to do so will compound the belief that the employer does not value its leaders, teachers and lecturers, and raises the spectre of industrial action over pay.”

Deputy David Mahoney

Pictured: The letter was sent to Deputy Mahoney, a member of P&R.

Deputy Mahoney said in response to the letter: “I look forward to meeting with the unions soon to discuss pay negotiations.  

“The Committee, in its role as employer for the States of Guernsey is entering a period of negotiation with the many pay groups that represent all public sector staff in all service areas.  All of these are important and all understandably wish to be prioritised. 

“I understand from the officers coordinating the process that confirmation from the teaching unions of the dates acceptable to them is still outstanding and we look forward to agreeing the suggested date so that the process can be finalised.  

“The Committee, whose mandate also includes many pressing issues outside of pay negotiations, is committed to working constructively and resolving the negotiations quickly and I will be replying directly to the teaching unions with regard to their letter of the 20th April.”

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