Joint strikes by major teaching unions unlikely

According to a conference report in the Guardian, the prospect of joint strikes by Britain’s major teaching unions appear unlikely, after the two largest unions took different stances on industrial action at their respective annual conferences this weekend…

While the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Brighton heard a vigorous debate over a national strike in June, with amendments calling for a further series of strikes in autumn as well, the NASUWT union in Birmingham took a milder tone, stopping short of specifically calling for a timetable of strikes.

Debating a motion on its industrial action strategy, NASUWT delegates were told the union had notched significant victories on pensions and working conditions and that it would continue negotiations with the Department for Education on pay.

The members voted for a motion on Sunday that said the union’s strategy had been vindicated by results and backed the NASUWT leadership to take “action short of strike action” as well as “strike action at school, local, regional and national level as appropriate” – without fixing specific dates…

But earlier in Brighton, the NUT executive and delegates argued that the union’s fight should continue – including strike action alone if necessary – despite the prospect of a solo, open-ended campaign without clear goals that would allow it to declare victory…

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See also: NUT votes for strike in June with cries of ‘Gove must go’

Following on from the conferences, where do you see the unions going now in terms of strike action and what would your advice to them be? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

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