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교원노조 NUT 21년만의 파업 경고

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18:35 02 Apr 2008
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교원노조 21년만의 1일 파업 경고

□ NUT 연봉인상 요구 1일 파업 의결
- 연봉 인상 요구 관철을 위해 교원노조 중 최대 규모인 NUT (National Union of Teachers)가 21년 만의 교사 파업을 의결했다고 4월 1일 발표
- 노조는 물가상승률에 맞춰서 4.2%의 인상을 주장하고 있음
- 이것은 정부의 2.45% 인상안의 거의 2배에 해당함. 정부는 금년 2.45%, 2009년과 2010년에 2.3% 인상을 약속

□ 4월 24일 파업 계획 - 21년 만의 일
- 파업이 실행될 경우 1980년대 중반 상습적인 산업계의 파업이 교육현장에도 영향을 미치던 시기 이후 최초의 파업이 될 것임
- 지방 정부 선거 1주일 전으로 예정된 파업은 영국과 웨일즈 지방의 많은 학교에 영향을 미칠 것임
- 노조는 최후의 순간까지 정부와 협의를 계속하겠다고 하지만 정부는 더 이상의 양보나 협상은 없다고 말하고 있음
- 투표에 참가한 노조원의 3/4 이상이 파업에 찬성하였지만 투표참가율이 32%로 매우 저조했음
- 노조의 요구가 받아들여지지 않아도 1일 파업 이상의 추가 행동은 하지 않을 계획

□ 다른 교원 노조의 동조 계획 없어
- ASCL (Association of School and College Lecturers)의 John Dunford 위원장(General Secretary): “현재 상황에서 상당한 보수인상안에 대해 파업 찬성 의결을 했다는 점에 대해 실망”
- NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers) 의 Chris Keates 위원장 : "다른 공공부분 근로자와 비교해서 교사들이 상대적으로 괜찮은 보수를 받는다고 생각"
- NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) Mick Brookes 위원장: "파업을 해도 정부가 보수에 관한 계획을 바꿀 것으로 생각지 않음“

□ 교사 보수
- 노동당 정부 집권이래 교사의 보수는 상당히 인상되었음
- 신임교사의 최초 연봉은 1997년 14,000 파운드에서 현재는 21,000파운드로 인상됨
- 최고 수준 경력 교사들의 연봉은 1997년 21,318 파운드에서 현재는 34,281 파운드임

□ 출처: The Times (08.04.02) 「First National teachers' strike in 21 years will hit pupils preparing for their exams」

□ 기사원문
Hundreds of schools will be forced to close this month when teachers hold their first national strike in 21 years, in a protest over pay.

The strike, announced by the National Union of Teachers yesterday, is the first real challenge to Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary and Gordon Brown’s closest ally. Ministers responded by accusing members of the NUT, largest teaching union, of jeopardising children’s education.

The union is demanding a 4.2 per cent salary rise to match inflation, saying that the current deal is in effect a pay cut. It wants almost double the 2.45 per cent that teachers will receive this year as part of a three-year deal, with 2.3 per cent in 2009 and 2010.

The strike, scheduled for April 24, would be the first since the mid1980s, when repeated industrial action wreaked havoc on lessons. It is timed to take place a week before local government elections and will hit thousands of schools in England and Wales in the build-up to exams.

Sources at the union said it would talk to the Government until the last minute, potentially allowing an eleventh-hour resolution. But officials at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) said that there would be no concessions or compromise.

More than three quarters of those who voted were in favour of the strike but, at 32 per cent, the turnout was considerably lower than that for other recent strike votes in the public sector.

Last night there seemed little indication that the NUT was willing to escalate its action if its demands were not met. Steve Sinnott, the union’s general secretary, said: “We’re not planning further action at this stage, just one day of action.”

Mr Sinnott denied that the strike would alienate parents, saying: “Many of them remember the days of teacher shortages and retention problems, which coincided with below-inflation salaries.”

Other teaching unions are unlikely to join the strike. John Dunford, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Lecturers, said: “I am disappointed that the NUT has voted in favour of strike action over a pay award that represents a good deal for teachers in the present climate.”

Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The majority of members recognise that, compared with other public sector workers, they have fared relatively well.”

Mick Brookes, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said he did not think that a strike would persuade the Government to increase its offer.

Teachers’ pay has increased significantly under Labour. A newly qualified teacher in 1997 started on £14,000. Today, the figure is closer to £21,000. A teacher at the top of the classroom pay scale in 1997 received £21,318 but would now be on £34,281.