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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 October 2014

Teachers: Pay rise? What pay rise?

NUT members on strike on 10 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

NUT members on strike on 10 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

As a teacher I have just been awarded the 1% pay increase which all teachers are potentially eligible to receive. At 1%, I wasn't expecting a huge increase but an extra £20 or £30 a month might pay for a night out or some other luxury.

When I opened my payslip this month, imagine my surprise when I found I was actually £6 a month worse off! When I compared my current payslip with last month's more closely, I found that my pension contribution had been increased beyond my pay rise. This is a case of giving with one hand and taking with the other - the teachers' pension scheme is centrally run by government!

Since this government's austerity measures started four years ago, the average teacher is 12% worse off. Or to put it another way we are now working a month for free. This is yet another reason for NUT members to vote for strike action in the current ballot.

Mick Whale, secretary Hull NUT

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NHS - The black hole

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Training tomorrow's trade union militants

Finance to fight for the future

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Readers' comments

Exhaustion from buzzer to buzzer

Bedroom Tax: Still making tenants' lives hell

Scotland: Workers need a new mass party

Correction: Labour's private health links are worse!

Thatcher's enemies within


Obituary

Andrew Price: Fighter, teacher, party campaigner


 

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