NUT backs ballot on strike action over government white paper

The Guardian is reporting that schools in England face the possibility of strike action this summer after the NUT overwhelmingly backed a ballot on industrial action to oppose the government’s education white paper.

The decision, which faced little opposition at the union’s annual conference in Brighton, means the government could now have to deal with a series of strikes on two fronts, after junior doctors announced last week a two-day strike in late April.

Teachers debated an emergency motion calling for joint action with the other major teaching unions, as well as balloting NUT members on national action as soon as possible.

If a ballot is passed by NUT members in five weeks time, any strike would probably take place in July, after A-levels and GCSE exams have been completed to avoid disruption.

The motion put to the NUT’s delegates cited a Financial Times editorial that described the white paper as “a risky experiment”, while speakers decried Nicky Morgan’s proposals – which include converting all state schools into academies, getting rid of the requirement to have parent-governors, and dramatically restructuring teacher training qualifications…

The mood among the teachers could be seen in the large majority who voted to strengthen the original motion, passing an amendment allowing for strikes in autumn as well as summer, and called for coordinated campaigns and action with the British Medical Association…

The motion also calls for the NUT to approach the other teaching unions with an eye to combined action, including joint strikes, in an effort to put pressure on the government…

More at: National Union of Teachers backs ballot on strike action


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  1. TW

    “At the end of the day, the Conservatives did win the election so is it not reasonable for them to put into place these policies?”

    Absolutely.  Assuming you suppose the rest of the country exists just to do as its Norman overlords dictate.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove White Paper is rubbish but I fear a loss of public support through striking; it disrupts so many who don’t know full story

  3. MikesuziNZ

    SchoolsImprove if you strike it must be more than a day, 1 day is ridiculous, it only saves the government money and makes parents angry!!

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