What are your views on the teachers’ strike planned for March 26?

Christine Blower, the General Secretary of the NUT Photo: Philip Toscano / PA Wire Christine Blower, the General Secretary of the NUT Photo: Philip Toscano / PA Wire

Friday, February 7, 2014
3:10 PM

Teachers are to stage a national strike in a long-running row over pay, pensions and conditions.

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Members of the National Union of Teachers in England and Wales will walk out on March 26 after accusing Education Secretary Michael Gove of “persistent refusals” to address their complaints.

The union has held a series of strikes since first balloting its members almost three years ago, but more recently called off industrial action as talks were held.

General secretary Christine Blower said: “Michael Gove’s persistent refusals to address our ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service, is unnecessary and deeply damaging.

“As a result, thousands of good, experienced teachers are leaving or considering leaving the job and a teacher shortage crisis is looming with two in five teachers leaving the profession in their first five years.

“The NUT and NASUWT met with government officials in October - now over 17 weeks ago. Reassurances were given that Michael Gove would talk about a wide range of matters on implementation of pay and pensions and the direction of travel and implementation on conditions.

“Subsequently, the Education Secretary has put obstacle after obstacle in the way of talks, showing no serious attempt to resolve - or even to discuss - the matters in dispute.

“We on the other hand have made every effort. We cancelled the strike planned for November and postponed action in February. We have indicated we will meet with Michael Gove anywhere, any time to seek to resolve the disputes in the interest of the education service.

“Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and we deeply regret the fact that we have been put in a position whereby we have no alternative.“

Ms Blower said responsibility for the dispute lies “fairly and squarely” at the door of the “intransigent” Education Secretary, adding: “His policies are losing the coalition parties votes. It is time he changed his attitude and listened to the genuine concerns of teachers.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government’s measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

“They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and those talks will begin shortly.

“Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is nevertheless taking strike action that will disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”

14 comments

  • I'm going to write to Norfolk CC and tell them my child had an unauthorised absence and to send the fine to his head teacher.

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    expat

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • These people who keep going on strike are not to bothered about there jobs so sack them. They bring misery to thousands of people and it's just not fair. I know full well they will be saying they are hard done by and they have been forced to do it, absolute rubbish they should be ashamed.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • all public workers should get pay rise if its ok for mp's to get 11% mind you most cons will be on dole next year

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    mickthedig

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Are academy school teachers banned from joining a union or going on strike? So, on the 26th, gosh is it March already? we shall hear of the EDP praising the good who play the moral game, lambast the bad for daring to change their lot and the last years pay freezes, whilst showing us the ugly mug of Gove and his Norfolk paymaster, when the day comes.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Why bother EDP.....you know what you will get with a question like that. Control the troll.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Always a left wing agenda! I have found most teachers have no desire for unrest,it seems its always the left that shouts the most without representing the majority,thus it has always been !

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Quite ridiculous and a very poor example to set for children. Teachers are well paid these days, they get great pensions and 13 weeks holiday. If they don't feel that's enough they should try doing other work.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • They have my full support, they can't keep taking attacks from Gove and his cronies.

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    D. ROSS

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • An ordinary job Lynda....of course anyone can teach.....like to see you survive in Tough Young Teachers...a day maybe?!! Stupidity of striking almost matched by the pig ignorant 'get a real job' comments on here.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • I fink its grate teachurs are goin on strke they dont do no good anyways and they all smell innit

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    backwoodsman

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • An ordinary job Lynda....of course anyone can teach.....like to see you survive in Tough Young Teachers...a day maybe?!! Stupidity of striking almost matched by the pig ignorant 'get a real job' comments on here.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • They choose the profession, get paid excellent wages, good pension and plenty of time off, if they don't like it they should get out. Should think themselves lucky they have a job, many of them would not be able to hold down an ordinary job! No sympathy for them.

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    Lynda

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • I have taught for over 30 years but told both my girls not to touch teaching with a bargepole. The days of bringing out the best in our children have long gone as our brief is now to grind out data to ward off Ofsted. If this present generation don't stand up there won't be teaching workforce.

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    Ghost

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Very simple, if they don't like the rules find another job, they are no different to anyone else, no sympathy at all with them. Parents cannot take there children out of school for holidays in case it damages there education, yet this lot of reprobates can take a day off and we are supposed to support them !.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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