10 October 2022
In a meeting held on Thursday, 6 October 2022, UCAC’s National Council decided to go ahead with arrangements to seek their members’ views in an industrial action ballot. The ballot will be held in response to Welsh Government’s offer of a 5% pay increase for teachers as well as due to teachers’ increasing work load. The union is calling for a pay increase in line with inflation rates and also wishes to ensure fair working conditions.
Ioan Rhys Jones, UCAC’s General Secretary said – “We are disappointed that Welsh Government’s offer does not reflect inflation rates neither does it represent our teachers’ dedication and commitment. Currently the profession is facing working conditions which are increasingly challenging alongside rising living costs. We are facing notable challenges in terms of retaining teachers and recruiting new members to the profession.
The decision whether to take industrial action is not easy for our teachers who are genuinely concerned about their pupils’ wellbeing and success. However, in order to ensure that our children and young people receive education of the best possible standard, it is crucial that teachers are fairly remunerated and have appropriate working conditions.”