The Telegraph is reporting that schools face being brought to a standstill as teachers prepare for a fresh wave of strike action in an ongoing row over pay and pensions…
Just days before the start of term, it was revealed that Britain’s two biggest teaching unions may take part in a mass walk-out in coming months as part of a protest over Government reforms to teaching.
The National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT union – collectively representing around nine-in-10 staff members – are already taking part in co-ordinated work-to-rule action.
Members are being instructed to refuse to supervise pupils over lunchtime, cover for absent colleagues and invigilate exams as part of a wide-ranging 25-point action plan.
But today it emerged that the NUT’s ruling executive also agreed at a recent meeting to “build towards strike action in the spring term” – between January and April.
According to the Times Educational Supplement, it backed proposals to “approach the NASUWT nationally early in January about the necessity for strike action in the spring term”.
The move represents a dramatic escalation of the existing row and threatens to bring chaos to millions of children and parents over coming months.
The last national teachers strike was staged in November 2011 when schools across England and Wales were forced to shut.