Teachers take industrial action

Pupils in more than 2,700 schools in the north-west of England had to stay at home on Thursday as the two biggest teaching unions stepped up their campaign against government cuts. Widespread strikes will follow next term.

The NUT and NASUWT met with Michael Gove to try to resolve both unions’ disputes on pay, pensions and conditions on the 17th June but, according to the unions, no progress was made. As a result, teachers took to the streets on Tuesday in a march for education in London, followed by the one-day strike in more than 2,700 schools two days later.

The strike will be followed by regional strikes next term and a one-day national walkout before Christmas, if the unions’ campaign against curbs on teachers’ pay, cuts to their pension and changes in working conditions is not resolved, The BBC reports.

NASUWT’s Chris Keates said: “Unfortunately, despite our willingness to engage constructively to resolve the dispute and avoid strike action, the Secretary of State seems determined to continue arrogantly to disregard the concerns of teachers. Teachers, children, young people and parents deserve better than a Secretary of State who prefers reckless game playing to constructive dialogue.”

The NAHT describes its members as ‘stuck in the middle’ and commented: “The NAHT believes that as the dispute between the protagonists intensifies there are unlikely to be any winners but it is absolutely certain that children’s education will be damaged as a result. There will be plenty of rhetoric from both sides in the dispute. However, the only voice speaking up for learners is that of senior leadership teams in schools.”

A DfE spokeswoman said: “We are very disappointed that the NUT and NASUWT have decided to take strike action, which less than a quarter of teachers actually voted for. Industrial action will disrupt pupils’ education, hugely inconvenience parents and damage the profession in the eyes of the public.”

Did you strike on Thursday or are you going to next term? Do you have any sympathy with concerns that pupils’ education will be damaged as a result? Share your views!

4 thoughts on “Teachers take industrial action

  1. The disruption to children’s education will be minimal, the disruption to parents will be considerable. That’s the point!

  2. The teachers are within their rights to strike. Probably fall on death ears though. The government are irresponsible. Their only concern is for themselves, typical of a dog eat dog society which has been created by a greedy minority.

  3. As for the education of the children being harmed. NO, It most certainly wont be. This is a ploy to turn the general public against what the teachers are doing, instead of the guilty party, which is the greedy government. Propaganda if you like..

    If the government and the capitalist want to accumulate wealth at the expense of the majority, someone needs to be motivated enough to want to educate and others to go to work to earn a living to buy the products and services of the greedy minority…

    At this rate, all we will have left is the mobile food company and tescos and nobody will have a job outside of this

  4. From his self aggrandizing Jerusalem Bible to his obsession with outdated, discredited, Gradgrindian pedagogy Gove is wreaking havoc with our children’s education and must be stopped. Not sure about senior leadership teams but teachers are standing up for their students and themselves.

    We should also remember that he still wants 68 year old teachers and he still refuses to add up how much we pay into our pension fund. His insistence on both cutting our pensions and making us pay more is immoral. We feel forced into this action but have a dwindling hope that he will see sense.

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