Teachers set to strike next month over trade disputes

Teachers set to strike next month over trade disputes

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Luke Matthews

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Teachers set to strike next month over trade disputes

Teachers in the Royal Borough and Slough are set to strike next month as part of a co-ordinated campaign to ‘protect teachers and defend education’

The NUT and NASWUT, two of the largest teaching unions representing nine out of 10 teachers nationwide, announced the strike following the perceived lack of action by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove over trade disputes.

Teachers in Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough will strike on October 17 and join a series of regional rallies to express their frustration.

The unions have also warned Michael Gove that unless he demonstrates that he intends to negotiate seriously then there will also be another one-day, all-out national strike before Christmas.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

"At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action.

"With pay pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice.

"Michael Gove has demoralised an entire profession, it is time that he started to listen for the sake of teachers, pupils and education."

The unions are in dispute with Mr Gove over changes to teachers’ pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.

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