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The real maths on teachers' pay offer

Nick Smith National Education Spokesperson

21 May 2002

The real maths on teachers' pay offer

Secondary teachers doing the numbers on their latest pay offer will quickly see that they have been conned, says National's Education spokesman, Nick Smith.

"The Government's offer of 5.5 percent over three years - just 1.83 percent a year - won't even keep pace with inflation, projected by Treasury at 6.8 percent over three years. That will see teachers falling behind in real terms.

"At a time when the average wage is growing at 3 percent per year, teachers are being expected to accept half this. This deal makes a joke of Labour's commitment to value teachers.

"The Prime Minister has just had an annual increase of 5.5 percent. The Minister of Education has just had 4.4 percent. It is little wonder that teachers are balking at a deal of only 1.8 percent.

"Labour slammed National's previous settlement of 7 percent over two years as 'mean and miserly'. This deal gives teachers much less.

"This bitter battle is far from over. Today's wildcat strikes today prove the level of frustration that teachers are feeling with this Government," says Dr Smith.


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