THE national teachers’ union will ballot members for national industrial action if the UK Government does not deliver pay restoration for teachers.

The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will ballot members in Wales, England and Scotland for industrial action in November should the teachers’ pay award for 2022/23 fall short of demands.

After 12 years of pay erosion, teachers are now facing the biggest squeeze on their living standards for half a century

Energy bills alone have shot up by 54 per cent, but the value of teachers’ pay has slumped by 20 per cent. Now, two in three teachers are being forced to consider how much longer they can afford to remain in the profession.

To prevent an unprecedented retention crisis and protect the future of education, the NASUWT believes teachers must receive a 12 per cent pay award this year.

NASUWT members from across the UK took part in the largest demonstration of working people in a decade on Saturday, marching for a better deal for teachers as part of a national cost of living rally in central London.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT general secretary, said: “The country faces an existential emergency for the future of the teaching profession.

“Teachers are suffering, not only from the cost of living crisis, which the whole country is grappling with, but 12 years of real term pay cuts which has left a 20 per cent shortfall in the value of their salaries.

“If the government and the pay review body reject a positive programme of restorative pay awards for teachers, then we will be asking our members whether they are prepared to take national industrial action in response.

“The government wrongly assumed teachers would simply stand by as they erode pay and strip our education system to the bone. But this weekend thousands of teachers, from every corner of the UK, joined together to demonstrate our strength, unity and determination to stand up and to fight back.

“Our message is clear and has now been delivered directly to the government on their doorstep. We will not allow cuts to our members' pay and attacks on their pensions. If a pay rise is not awarded, it will be won by our members in workplaces through industrial action.”