National teachers’ strike called off for June after Michael Gove agrees to attend talks

The Independent is reporting that  teachers have called off national strike action pencilled in for next month following news that Michael Gove will attend the next round of talks in their dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions…

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference last Easter voted unanimously in favour of strike action, set to take place in the week beginning 23 June, because they felt they were making no progress in their dispute with the Government.

However, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has indicated he will attend the next round of talks with teachers’ leaders.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said the decision not to call a strike “gives the Government several more weeks to demonstrate good faith in the talks”. If there is no progress, a strike will take place in July.

The NUT, alongside with the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, are protesting over plans to introduce more performance related pay, raise pension contributions and allow schools to remain open for longer.

A DfE spokesperson said: “There is no justification for further strikes which will disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession. The unions asked for talks, we agreed to their request and talks are ongoing. Ministers have also met frequently with the unions and will continue to do so…”…

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Earlier this week we reported suggestions from the TES that the NUT might look to postpone the strike until July anyway in order to coordinate with planned strike action by public sector unions Unison, Unite and GMB which would have a much greater impact on schools because many support staff are members. Is it being cynical to wonder if this postponement is at least in part about lining up that July opportunity? What do you think of the news? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

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  1. KeatingTJ

    SchoolsImprove Surely not! Especially as Summer hols start third week of July. Only a cynic would see an extended summer break coming on!

  2. supernash69

    SchoolsImprove Seems #Gove may realise his unpopularity and unwillingness to listen is costing him dear. Will he really listen? Doubt it.

  3. magpie_ms

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove He’ll have meetings with TUS, & teachers he invites to DfE, just to say he’s ‘listening’ bt will ignore message

  4. sharpeleven

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove #gove is an extreme zealot. There is absolutely no way he’ll listen or negotiate. Sensible of unions to try.

  5. supernash69

    sharpeleven SchoolsImprove Interesting to see how media spins the inevitable break down in that dialogue. Prhps Gove will just doze off.

  6. sharpeleven

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove Would be good if the called off strike story were widely known, but going by today in the media…

  7. sharpeleven

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove …teachers unions will never get a sympathetic hearing from BBC or rest of right wing media.

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