Angry that 9.2 per cent pay cuts will go ahead, they will consider boycotting extra-curricular work English Schools Foundation teachers are to hold a ballot on Monday to decide if they will take action against pay and benefit cuts announced this week. Staff were in militant mood yesterday after being informed that cuts of 9.2 per cent will go ahead from September. Julian Harniess, chairman of the Association of Professional Teachers of ESF Schools, said: 'People are very angry and want to do something. They feel the ESF takes us for granted.' Mr Harniess said teachers could adjust their working practices to reflect the reduced pay and that extra-curricular activities could be affected. 'If management want to pay the same as other international schools we need to look at the conditions and contact time in those schools.' Teachers would not spring any changes on schools. 'We will talk to parents and seek a broad consensus,' he said. 'We are talking about working practices that will last for years.' The ESF released details of the package yesterday, which chief executive Heather Du Quesnay insisted was final. It includes a cut in basic salary of 5 per cent, delayed until September 2007 for teachers joining last month. End-of-contract gratuities will be cut from 25 per cent to 20 per cent of salary from September 2007. Incentive allowances will be cut by a third, instead of by half as was proposed. Cuts will not be implemented until allowance recipients have completed their next full two-year contract. The budget for supply teachers is to be cut by 45 per cent. Teachers will enjoy some increased benefits, with the cash allowance for housing increased from the proposed $6,000 a month to $7,000 to reflect increases in rent and education support of 80 per cent of school fees offered to up to three children, instead of the current maximum of two. Changes in remuneration will be accompanied by a new performance management system, with pilots starting next year and a standardised 'modern management structure' to be implemented from September 2007. Teachers will also undergo five professional development days a year outside their 185 teaching days. Ms Du Quesnay wrote to parents and council members yesterday, saying: 'Putting remuneration on a defensible basis as regards the teacher employment market among international schools in Hong Kong and in other parts of the world is a priority. We also feel we have a duty to address the legitimate criticisms of ESF's management on these matters made by the director of audit and others.' Speaking on the radio, she said she hoped there would be no need for further cuts. 'I am pretty confident we have done enough. I hope we won't have to face this scenario again,' she said. Pay increases could also be considered in the 'not too distant future' depending on economic conditions. The pay cuts will reduce average base salaries of ESF teachers from $46,500 a month to $44,150 for those on finite contracts and from $51,800 a month to $49,210 for those on fixed general terms.