Plaid Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to listen to striking teachers and teaching assistants, and to improve their workload, working conditions and pay.
Members of the NEU have gone on strike today (Thursday 2 March) following a recent rejection of the Welsh Government’s pay offer, saying that it “[fell] short of our members expectations and needs”.
Plaid Cymru MSs joined with striking teachers who protested on the steps of the Senedd, and backed their calls for a better offer from the Welsh Government which, under Labour, has so far not provided an acceptable offer to NEU members.
Ahead of the protest, Heledd Fychan MS, Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for Children and Young People, said:
“Teachers throughout Wales are facing incredible pressures. Throughout Covid and this cost of living crisis, they have given so much to support learners and their families, in addition to preparing for a new curriculum and all the other extra bureaucratic burdens that are placed on their time.
“Teachers help shape the lives of our children and young people, but excessive workloads means that we are losing experienced teachers. Further, up to 50% of newly qualified teachers leaving the profession in the first five years.
“Teachers don't want to be on strike, but they are fed up of being ignored. The Welsh Government must work