03 February 2023

Ioan Rhys Jones, UCAC’s General Secretary was amongst the speakers at the Wales TUC Protect the Right to Strike Rally in Cardiff on 1 February.  The rally was held in Cardiff in response to the steps which are being taken by the Government in Westminster to introduce anti-union legislation which would limit the rights of individuals to strike.  The prospective legislation would mean that employees could be forced to work, despite having voted in favour of striking in a democratic ballot.  Ioan said, “It is important that we protect workers’ freedom and safeguard their right to voice their opinion and to take action to protect their pay and working conditions.  UCAC is proud take a stand in order to protect its members rights.”  

School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (Wales) Document 2022

21 November 2022  

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (Wales) Document is now available on the Welsh Government’s website.  

Please find below links to a written statement from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language accepting all the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body’s recommendations for 2022/23 and to the revised School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (Wales) Document 2022. 

If you are working part-time and in receipt of a TLR, remember that it is important to check with your Headteacher whether you are eligible to receive the TLR in full. 

Changes to NQT statutory induction in Wales

7 November 2022 

Following a public consultation on proposals to change statutory induction arrangements for newly qualified teachers in Wales, changes come into force from 7 November 2022.


Changes include:

  • allowing induction to be undertaken in PRUs
  • introducing flexibility: ABs have discretion to reduce the length of the induction period for NQTs who can demonstrate that they meet the standards in less than three terms / 380 sessions
  • introducing a time limit for the satisfactory completion of induction

Revised guidance on all the changes has been published on Hwb.

UCAC to hold an industrial action ballot


10 October 2022

In a meeting held on Thursday, 6 October 2022, UCAC’s National Council decided to go ahead with arrangements to seek their members’ views in an industrial action ballot.   The ballot will be held in response to Welsh Government’s offer of a 5% pay increase for teachers as well as due to teachers’ increasing work load.  The union is calling for a pay increase in line with inflation rates and also wishes to ensure fair working conditions.  


Ioan Rhys Jones, UCAC’s General Secretary said – “We are disappointed that Welsh Government’s offer does not reflect inflation rates neither does it represent our teachers’ dedication and commitment.  Currently the profession is facing working conditions which are increasingly challenging alongside rising living costs.  We are facing notable challenges in terms of retaining teachers and recruiting new members to the profession.

The decision whether to take industrial action is not easy for our teachers who are genuinely concerned about their pupils’ wellbeing and success.  However, in order to ensure that our children and young people receive education of the best possible standard, it is crucial that teachers are fairly remunerated and have appropriate working conditions.”

UCAC’s response to the Welsh Government’s statement on the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) Report 2022-23.

22 July 2022 

UCAC regrets that this announcement has been made with the majority of schools in Wales already closed for the academic year. This creates additional uncertainty for leaders and teachers at a time of particular challenges in education.

UCAC will look at the detail of the announcement paying particular attention to the Welsh Government's promise that leaders and teachers in Wales will not be of lower value to the salaries and working conditions of equivalent jobs in England. We will also look at the implications of the pledges for September 2023.

Certainly, the wage increase that has been announced does not reflect the levels of inflation that are currently being experienced. That is a disappointment at a time when school staff have gone beyond the expectations of their jobs in order to ensure educational well-being along with the physical and mental health of school pupils.

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