If ballot is successful, NUT will join with NASUWT to take out 85% of teachers


Teachers today begin voting whether or not to strike over pay and working conditions.

The NUT is balloting all its members working in state funded schools and sixth form colleges in England and Wales, including academies. The pensions ballot is a separate issue.

General secretary Christine Blower said: “This ballot follows on from the historic joint declaration with the NASUWT. Our two unions will coordinate campaigns to defend teachers and protect education. The profession has never been under such sustained attack from government. The almost daily criticism of teaching standards and erosion of working conditions, pay and pensions are unacceptable.

“If the ballot is successful it will see joint action by 85% of the teaching profession. Any strike action taken on the new ballot will be held simultaneously with action on pensions.

“As ever we are seeking negotiations with government. However the situation is very serious and we have to build the broadest campaign to send a clear message to government that this cannot continue. Our ballot is intended to secure a fair deal for teachers and education.”

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