Teacher unions to start series of strikes this month

Thousands of pupils in England could have lessons disrupted as two unions announce they are pushing ahead with strike action over pay and pensions. This is from the BBC…

The National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT said they had served notice to schools that their members in the North West would be on strike on 27 June.

This is the first of a series of regional walkouts affecting schools in England and Wales.

The government said the strikes would damage the profession’s reputation.

In total, 2,765 schools across 22 authorities in the North West would be affected by the one-day walkout, the unions said.

The action is likely to be followed by a national strike in the autumn.

Education Secretary Michael Gove wrote to both unions in March to say he was willing to meet them to discuss their dispute, but also insisting that the “direction of travel” on both of their key issues was “fixed.”

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The move to strike action is a manifestation of the anger and frustration of teachers at the failure of the government to seek to address the deep concerns of the profession.”

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “The government is going down entirely the wrong path for education and teachers. They need to start listening.”

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Thoughts on this please – do you think strike action is necessary to make a point or will it just end up disrupting education for children, annoying their parents and damaging the reputation of teachers? Tell us whether you think strike action is right or wrong.

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Comments

  1. Cover4Caravans

    SchoolsImprove sorry but working and owning a company in the private sector I simply don’t support strikes, unions need to grow up.

  2. couchsamba

    SchoolsImprove Totally support this incredible profession. Fed up of private sector whingers. YOU walk a ‘mile’ in the shoes of a teacher!

  3. BobbyCarrot8

    SchoolsImprove is there an example of when striking has helped the teaching profession on national issues?

  4. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove : I do understand their frustrations. I’m less sure about the response -picking a fight without knowing exactly why.

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