Regional strikes in October to be followed by national walk-out


October will see two further regional strikes take place as the two major teaching unions continue their campaign of industrial action.

October will see two further regional strikes take place as the two major teaching unions continue their campaign of industrial action.

Plans have also been unveiled for a national one-day strike before the end of the autumn term.

The NASUWT and National Union of Teachers (NUT) this week blasted education secretary Michael Gove for not “genuinely engaging” with them to discuss their grievances.

However, the unions have temporarily suspended action in Wales. 

A statement said: “The Welsh government has been prepared to engage in constructive talks to seek to avoid the escalation of the rolling programme of strike action in Wales. A further announcement will be made on the situation in Wales in due course.”

Back in England, the first walk-out will take place on Tuesday, October 1, in Yorkshire, Humberside, East and West Midlands, and the East of England. 

The second strike will happen on Thursday, October 17, in the North East, London, South East, and South West.

It comes after members of the two unions held a one-day strike in the North West of England in June. 

The unions, which represent 85 per cent of teachers in England and Wales, have been running a work to rule campaign of industrial action in protest at cuts to teachers’ pensions and changes to pay and conditions, including the move to performance-related pay. 

The unions also oppose wider education reforms including the expansion of academies and free schools.

On the strike days in October, teachers will be attending a series of regional rallies.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: “With pay pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an education secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate, teachers now have no other choice.”

Her counterpart at the NASUWT, Chris Keates, added: “Teachers will be angered by the recklessness of the secretary of state’s continuing failure to take seriously their concerns and engage in genuine discussions to address them.”

Education secretary Michael Gove has said he is happy to meet with the unions.

After a speech in London last week, he was quoted as saying: “I’m happy to talk anytime, anyplace, anywhere to the trade unions to try and get them to see the errors of their ways.”

A Department for Education spokesman told SecEd this week: “It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the government’s measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more. 

“In a recent poll, 61 per cent of respondents supported linking teachers’ pay to performance and 70 per cent either opposed the strikes or believed that teachers should not be allowed to strike at all.”



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