Teachers in England to strike over pay and conditions

Mar 18, 2013 by

Teachers in England are to stage a series of strikes in a continuing row over pay, pensions and workload, unions have announced.

The industrial action will start in the summer term, the two largest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT have said.

The unions have been taking action short of strike action for many months.

In a joint statement they said they would escalate this with a series of localised strikes starting in June.

The walkouts will begin with a strike on 27 June in the north-west of England.

The statement said that unless the government responded positively to their demands “a rolling programme of strike action will continue into the autumn term and will include a one day all-out national strike before the end of the autumn term”.

Joint campaign

Between them the two unions represent nine out of 10 teachers.

They say the next phase of their joint campaign “to protect teachers and defend education” follows “the refusal” of the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, “to genuinely engage with the NASUWT and NUT to seek to resolve our trade disputes with him”.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The time has come for the secretary of state to listen to the concerns of teachers and school leaders.

“He has recklessly pursued a relentless attack on the profession and teachers’ patience has been exhausted.

“The secretary of state still has time to avoid widespread disruption in schools by responding positively and quickly to the reasonable demands we are making.”

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “We have already rejected the new pension arrangements and the proposed deregulation of teachers’ pay.

“The attacks on pay and pensions in combination with increasing workload is making teaching an unsustainable option for many.

“The resolution to all the aspects of our dispute with the secretary of state is in his hands. He can respond positively engage with us to seek a way forward.

“If there is no positive response to our reasonable demands, the joint strike action we are announcing today is inevitable.”

via BBC News – Teachers in England to strike over pay and conditions.

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