Tes is reporting that teacher strike action to secure better funding for schools and the full implementation of the teachers’ pay award has been given 82 per cent support in a union indicative ballot.
The poll by the NEU teaching union, which surveyed 82,487 teachers in England, found that 99 per cent believed Government funding cuts were having a negative impact in their schools.
However a turnout of just 31.4 per cent of members means the backing for a strike from four in five of respondents will not necessarily be enough to cross the threshold needed in a full ballot.
The NEU executive will be meeting to discuss these findings and will be considering the next steps in the campaign, Mr Courtney said.
In September, unions including the NEU, the NAHT headteachers’ union and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) wrote a joint letter to the DfE saying they were “deeply insulted” by the pay award of 3.5 per cent for teachers on the main pay scale, 2 per cent for those on the upper pay scale and 1.5 per cent for leadership.
Unions criticised the government for ignoring the advice of the STRB (School Teachers Review Body), its own advisory body, which said the pay rise should be 3.5 per cent for all teachers, not just those on the main pay scale.
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