Strike action could coincide with other teachers’ unions to close most UK schools

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The National Association of Head Teachers is to ballot its members for strike action for the first time in its 114-year history.

Although the NAHT is not affiliated to the TUC, the strike could coincide with the Day of Action on November 30th, supported by the other teaching unions ATL, EIS, NASUWT, NUT and UCU. Joint action would be likely to result in the closure of the majority of schools.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said: “With great reluctance, faced with a refusal by the government to negotiate on the basis of a proper valuation of the scheme, we feel we have no option but to demonstrate our anger at this attack on the teaching profession.

“Like everyone else, teachers have paid the price for the recession in taxes and pay cuts. They are now also being taxed to pay for the mistakes of others.

“We fear for the future of a system with a demoralised and devalued profession. We fear that we will not be able to attract people to become heads at a time when targets and workloads are rising.

“No school leader wants to strike and it is a symbol of their anger over this issue that they are even considering it as an option. For many, the attack on pensions is more than a question of attacks on individual retirement plans but a threat to the future of education itself. Teaching is a vocation and no one entered the profession to get rich. However, we do need to ensure that teaching is an attractive career choice for the most talented graduates. Future pupils deserve nothing less.”


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