Teachers to go on strike from June over pay, pensions & workload
Hundreds of thousands of teachers will hold a series of strikes in a continuing row over pay, pensions and workload.
Schools across England and Wales are likely to be affected by the walkouts which will begin in June.
More will follow in the autumn term and will be followed by a national strike, said teaching unions.
The move, announced by teaching unions the NUT and NASUWT, is an escalation of a continuing dispute with the government.
NUT general secretary Christine Blower insisted it had been unable to achieve a resolution with education secretary Michael Gove.
She said: ‘We have decided we must make an announcement that we will move to strike action in a bid to get the secretary of state to listen seriously.’
She said strikes would begin on June 27 in schools in the north-west.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates accused Mr Gove of pursuing a ‘relentless attack’ on the profession. She added: ‘Teachers’ patience has been exhausted.’
Union leaders said the key issues cover the teachers’ pension scheme and the government’s decision to move to performance-related pay.
Ministers called the action irresponsible and said it would disrupt pupils’ education and cause ‘huge inconvenience’ to parents.....Read more