THE 72ND EDITION FOR ALL PLYMOUTH TEACHERS OCTOBER 2007
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If you believe your salaryand that of yourco-workers is too highand needs to becut—do nothing
Your pay “rise”this month is
Your pay is being erodedYour pay is being erodedYour pay is being erodedby £37 a monthby £37 a monthby £37 a month———moremoremorethan a £ a day...than a £ a day...than a £ a day...
Independent of Government and not affiliated to any political party
Crude Oil up8.1%
PO workersachieve apossible 6.7%rise after takingstrike action
Petrol anddiesel over £1a litre
Government Warning:Government Warning: TEACHING CAUSES SERIOUSTEACHING CAUSES SERIOUSDAMAGE TO YOUR WEALTHDAMAGE TO YOUR WEALTH
How much are you worth? Are you happy working harder for less pay? Is that fair?The NUT nationally has been sending each of you information about how thegovernment is trying to impose a pay cut. The official inflation rate this month is4.1% which is well above the 2.5% pay awarded in September.
This means thatas prices rise you have actually been given a pay cut.
Education ministers arerefusing to reconsider the pay award, even though they had originally promised todo so.
Don’t chuck the union bumph straight in the bin before reading about what’shappening to you. How far are you prepared to let your pay be eroded?Historically, NUT members have fought hard to get teachers’ wages on aprofessional footing. They had watched the same erosion of pay and stood up tobe counted. We achieved a dramatic increase as a result.Incidentally, we’re not the only ones taking wage cuts. Your colleagues in theGMB and UNISON are in the same boat. In fact, all public-service workers arebeing affected. By working together we can make a bigger impact on thegovernment...but what can I do?
Read the stuff that the NUT is sending you
Discuss it with your colleagues in all the unions
Tell your MP. The national NUT website will help you to do this
Visit the national NUT website atwww.teachers.org.uk— it’s buzzing withideas and teachers’ points of view, so why not join in?