A Message from Phil Clarke
It is disappointing to write to have you to explain that we have been unable to agree the East Sussex Pay Policy with the council this year. This is the policy that is followed by all county schools and many of the academies.
This year for the first time the council have issued a policy that will see teachers in East Sussex paid less than colleagues in other authorities including over the border in Brighton and Hove.
We will be discussing what response the union will take to this at the association meeting this Tuesday 21st. It is at 5pm on at the Elephant and Castle in Lewes. We will feed you and pay travel costs. It is important we get a good idea of what the feeling is from members across the county so I would encourage reps and members from as many schools as possible to attend.
What East Sussex are Imposing.
Although well below what is needed (and the union have put in a across the board 5% claim nationally for next year) the Headteacher and Teacher associations agreed that within the boundaries of the national pay award main pay scale should receive a 2% rise and UPS leadership, TLR etc 1%.
Even this has not been agreed and East Sussex are only putting 2% on the top and bottom of the main pay scale. This is in contrast with many authorities up and down the country and is particularly difficult given the high cost of living here compared to northern counties that have agreed the union scales.
We already have a pay policy that unacceptably allows pay to be cut when moving schools and has 7 points on the main pay scale rather than 6 delaying members reaching the top of the scale.
The average cost for implementing the full pay rise would be £1700 extra per school per year. This would be less on average for primaries and more for secondaries but is clearly not a large sum of money to uphold the principle we should be paid the same as colleagues elsewhere.
We will be beginning a public campaign on this issue and surveying members about what action we should take to win the full increase. If you can arrange a meeting in your school a local officer can come into to talk to members about this or you have any thoughts you would like to feed in please do get in touch.