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Teaching unions vote for national strike
9:33am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Members of the NUT and NASUWT, the two biggest teachers' unions, plan a national strike in England before Christmas.
Strike dates have been set for the Midlands, the east of England, London and Yorkshire
The date of a one-day national strike has not been announced yet.
The NUT said that following the continued refusal of the Secretary of State to "genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve our trade disputes with him", plans are in place for the next stage of industrial action.
Adding that the, "huge support for the strike is a clear indication that the teaching profession has had enough".
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said:"The Secretary of State needs to take seriously the very deep concerns and anger of teachers and school leaders.
"The relentless attack on the teaching profession is damaging the morale of teachers and undermining the education of pupils.
"The Secretary of State has the opportunity to avoid further national strike action by demonstrating that he is willing to engage seriously on the issues that we have put to him.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: "Michael Gove is well aware that under his time as Education Secretary, teacher morale has plummeted. Teachers are angry at the Government’s continual undermining of their pay, pensions and working conditions.
"Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and they are very well aware of the difficulties that this causes for parents and pupils. Teachers, however, have been left with no option. If we do not take a stand now to defend the profession, then the consequences for teacher recruitment and education will be disastrous for all."
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