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School leaders to vote on pay offer from Welsh Government

Members of school leaders’ union NAHT Cymru are to be consulted electronically on the latest offer on pay, workload and funding from Welsh Government.

Following a members-only online meeting this evening, an electronic ballot will be sent out for all eligible members to vote on whether to accept the offer.

Laura Doel, director of NAHT Cymru, said: “We welcome this offer and believe it is important to put it to our members to hear their opinion.

“However, we do have concerns about how the offer will be funded. The Welsh Government has committed additional funds to cover the 3% uplift for 2022/23, but have given no firm commitment that Local Authorities will fully fund the 5% uplift for the following academic year, which makes our members anxious.

“We know that some Local Authorities have continually short-changed schools when it comes to money being promised for pay awards and this practice has to stop. This cannot become another example of the postcode lottery that blights school funding in Wales and ultimately has a detrimental impact of the delivery of education.”

The electronic ballot is due to close at noon on Friday 24 March.  NAHT Cymru will not be pausing ongoing action short of strike during that time but will continue to take action until an agreement is reached.