Executive Priority Motion: Salaries Policy 2001
Conference reaffirms its belief that the Government's objectives for a world class education service for all our young people will not be realised unless and until the Government recognizes the need for competitive levels of salary and career progression for all teachers.
Conference believes that the Government's imposition of performance related pay, payment by results, will damage the education service. It will not motivate teachers or retain them in the profession, not encourage student teachers and others to become teachers and not be supportive of effective teaching.
Conference reaffirms the Union's opposition to the Government's imposed scheme and declares the Union's determination to continue to campaign against it. It welcomes the united opposition of all unions at 1999 TUC Congress to the imposition of Performance Related Pay on teachers and calls on all TUC affiliated teacher unions to remain faithful to call and campaign together for the abolition of performance related pay/payment by results,
Conference calls on the Executive constantly to seek agreement with the other teacher unions on a strategic campaign to have no link, crude or otherwise, between pay and pupil results.
Conference further believes that the introduction of performance related pay, payment by results will be discriminatory and declares the Union's determination to give full support to any member subject to discriminatory or unfair treatment. Conference deplores the Government's attempts to introduce changes to the duties of headteachcrs and classroom teachers to implement its scheme of performance related pay, payment by results.
Conference condemns the decision of Government to avoid consultation on those changes and the complicity of the Chair of the Review Body in that avoidance.
Conference welcomes the Union's successful pursuit of a judicial review and the exposure of both the circumvention of proper consultation procedures and the odious nature of the changes themselves, which require teachers to inform on their colleagues.
Conference is alarmed at the growing crisis in teacher supply. the failure to recruit young people into teaching and at the age profile of the profession, which shows that 40 per cent of all existing teachers will retire within 15 years. Conference deplores the Government's failure to address the fundamental causes of that crisis, namely the career progression for all teachers. Conference believes that the introduction of housing subsidies and the payments to postgraduate students, while a clear recognition of the low pay of teachers, will make only marginal improvements to recruitment and retention. These measures are no substitute for proper, competitive levels of salary for all teachers.
Conference registers its grave concern that the starting salary of 15,141 for teachers compares badly with the starting salary for graduates as a whole; is in the bottom 25 per cent of starting salaries for all graduates; and has shown no relative improvement in the nine years that the Review Body has been in existence. Conference condemns the award of 3.3 per cent to teachers from April 2000 as totally inadequate and well below the level of average earnings increases and unattractive with the starting salaries of competing professions and occupations.
Conference calls on the Government to abandon its divisive and damaging scheme of performance related pay/payment by results. It urges the STRB to recommend a pay structure for all teachers from April 2001 to provide the profession with salary levels competitive with similar graduate occupations including, in particular:
a) an immediate increase of 2000 or 12.5 per cent, whichever is the greater, on all salaries and a basic scale of ten points of the order of 17000 - 30000 to secure starting salaries which are competitive with those in other graduate occupations and to commence the process of' securing fair and competitive levels of salaries for all teachers;
b) transparent, fair and equal opportunities for continuing career progression for all teachers not linked to payment by results through the payment of additional allowances in accordance with clear national criteria to provide salaries competitive with other graduate occupations;
c)proper recognition of the role played by teachers of children with special educational needs; and d) full funding by the Government of the salary increases and the improved provisions for career progression to ensure that no teacher is disadvantaged by the existing inequalities in school funding. Conference welcomes the Union's campaign to expose the Government's ill-thought out and badly constructed pay proposals and to secure support for a pay structure, which does not link teachers pay to the pupils' results.
Conference, therefore. instructs the Executive to:
1. ballot members for a one-day strike at the earliest possible opportunity in the summer term aimed at securing 2,000 for all teachers and at defeating Performance Related Pay and Performance management. Conference further instructs the Executive and the General Secretary to campaign vigorously amongst members to ensure a positive 'Yes' vote;
2. produce materials aimed at parents, governors and other trade unionists, to explain the educational arguments against PRP and, in particular, the imposition of PRP will force teachers to teach to narrowly defined targets, will encourage the extension of selection and that it therefore represents an attack on comprehensive education and equal opportunities;
3.include nationally organized demonstrations within a continuing high profile campaign to convince members, other teachers, trade unionists. policy makers, parents, governors and the general public of the validity of the Union's case;
4.ballot members on a refusal to undertake additional workload arising from the imposition of' performance related pay and performance management, payment by results, and on a refusal to undertake work not required by the conditions of service of teachers
5.work with other teachers' organizations and the TUC to achieve the Union's objectives; and
6.to monitor the effects of the pay system due to be introduced in September 2000 by the convening of a Special Salaries Conference before the end of November 2000, to review the implementation of the imposed structure and to agree a plan of industrial action to achieve the Union's objectives.
Conference instructs the Executive to seek to campaign for improvements in the levels of funding for schools and in salary levels for teachers to be reflected in the pay of teachers in sixth form colleges and for a leveling up of funding between school sixth form colleges to compensate for the severe underfunding since incorporation in 1993.