School teachers strike over pay


Tens of thousands of teachers across the North West took strike action over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.

The strike is the first in a planned national rolling programme of strikes across England and Wales which will continue in the Autumn term.

The strike follows the School Teachers' Review Body's 22nd report which recommends a 1% pay award applied equally to all salaries and allowances in payment, and to all points on the pay scales contained in the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said: “The value of a national pay framework has been recognised by other pay review bodies but the STRB appears to be seriously out of step.

“If implemented, the STRB’s recommendations would leave behind the wreckage of a national pay framework which will be incapable of delivering consistent, fair and transparent approaches to pay.

“These proposals place virtually unlimited discretion on teachers’ pay in the hands of headteachers at a time when unfairness and discrimination are already rife.

“The dismantling of the national pay framework is going to be bad for children’s education and bad for the teaching profession.

“Children and young people should have an entitlement to be taught by those who are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals; these proposals will not secure this."

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “We seriously regret the disruption strike action in the North West of England will cause parents and pupils, but with the profession now under serious attack from the Government we have to take a stand to protect education and teachers.

“With inflation running at over 3% and no pay rise for the previous two years, teachers remain on course to suffer a 15% cut in the real value of their take home pay during the lifetime of this Government. 

‘This is only one of the reasons why teachers are angry with Michael Gove. Unless he agrees to negotiate with us to resolve the dispute, our action will continue into the new school year.”

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