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Teachers to walk out in strike action
9:30am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
TEACHERS are set to walk out in a day of strike action on Tuesday.
Members of the two largest teacher’s trade unions – the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) – in Worcestershire and across the West Midlands plan to strike.
The unions represent nine out of ten teachers in the country and are staging the walkouts in protest against changes to pay, pensions and workloads, which could see salaries set by schools rather than the government and based on performance in the classroom.
Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for children and families, councillor Liz Eyre, said the action may result in some schools being forced to partially close or suspend lessons.
“Our expectation is that schools will do everything they can to stay open, although individual schools will make their own decisions,” she said.
NUT general secretary, Christine Blower, said the unions felt they had “no other choice” but to strike.
“At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action,” she said. “It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.”
Teachers in the East of England, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside will join their colleagues in the West Midlands on Tuesday, while those in London, the North East, South East and South West will strike on October 17.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless.The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.”
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove said there was “no excuse” for a strike.
"What is the complaint that teachers have?,” he said.
“Is it that pensions are poor? It has been pointed out that even after recent changes, teachers have better pensions than the majority in the public and private sectors.
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