Further industrial action confirmed as unions reject pay offer

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Bridgend County Borough Council is advising parents, carers and pupils that further industrial action is now expected to take place at local schools following the rejection of a pay offer from Welsh Government.

The National Education Union has confirmed that the industrial action they had originally planned to hold on 14 February will now go ahead on Thursday 2 March instead.

Schools will contact parents and carers directly with details about what arrangements will be put in place, and whether they anticipate being able to stay open or if they will be subject to a full or partial closure.

If schools decide to close in advance, pupils who are eligible for free school meals will receive a packed lunch the day before the proposed strike. If a headteacher decides to close a school prior to lunchtime on the day of the strike, eligible pupils will receive a packed lunch to take home.

The latest pay offer from Welsh Government featured an extra 1.5 per cent on top of this year’s 5 per cent pay award, an additional 1.5 per cent one-off payment and commitments for reducing teacher workloads.

Cllr Jon-Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education, added: “Following the announcement that the National Education Union has rejected the pay offer from Welsh Government, Bridgend County Borough Council will continue to work alongside schools.

“Together, we will keep parents and pupils fully informed about what arrangements will be put in place while the industrial action is underway, and to ensure that local communities are aware of what support is available.”