Teachers to strike in March


Schools in England and Wales will take part in strike action over pay, pensions and conditions, the National Union of Teachers has announced.

The NUT has confirmed that members would walk out on March 26 as part of a long-running row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Leaders of the National Union of Teachers called the action after accusing Education Secretary, Michael Gove, of "persistent refusals" to address their complaints.

The strike threatens to close or partially shut every state schools in England Wales if the NASUWT joins the action, because the two unions collectively represent some nine-in-10 teachers.

The dispute centres on the introduction of a new performance-related pay structure and tougher pension package.

In a statement, NUT General Secretary Christine Blower said: "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."

A Department for Education spokesman 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."

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