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Plaid Cymru welcomes U-turn on devolving teachers’ pay and conditions

Plaid Cymru welcomes U-turn on devolving teachers’ pay and conditions

Party of Wales leads the campaign to protect teachers’ pay

The Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas has welcomed the Welsh Government’s U-turn on teachers’ pay and conditions after the Education Minister announced that he supports the devolution of them to Wales. The Education Minister has finally supported Plaid Cymru’s long-held view that teachers’ pay and conditions should be devolved so that we can set a national pay level for the whole of Wales.

The Party of Wales has consistently campaigned for the devolution of these powers despite fierce opposition from the Welsh Government.

The Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said that devolving teachers’ pay and conditions would mean that the Welsh Government can reject the Westminster-proposed model of regionalised or localised pay and adopt national pay and conditions for Wales.

The Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said:

“Plaid Cymru has always campaigned for the devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions because we want the power to protect them. At present, Welsh teachers’ wages are under threat from the Tory government’s plans to introduce regional or localised pay, which could lead to a cut in Welsh wages.

“The Party of Wales wants to set a national level of pay and conditions for Wales to prevent the fragmentation of teachers’ pay within Wales and to ensure that quality teachers are spread throughout the country rather than gravitating towards certain areas.

“It’s good that the Welsh Government has finally supported Plaid Cymru’s proposals after many years of fierce opposition. Plaid Cymru has campaigned hard for better conditions for our teachers it is good that the Welsh Government has belatedly shown its support.”

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