Strike is on: July 10 walk-out will go ahead after NUT criticises DfE talks

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Strike action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) is to go ahead on Thursday, July 10, it has been confirmed.

The NUT has said it will strike alongside other public sector unions GMB, Unite and UNISON, which are planning to call upon members working in local government and education to take strike action on the same day.

The decision comes as regular meetings are continuing between the main education unions and the Department for Education (DfE).

However, the strike was given the green light at a meeting of the NUT National Executive last week. 

Speaking afterwards, general secretary Christine Blower criticised the on-going talks for continuing to focus only on policy implementation – and not the policies themselves.

Ms Blower said: “The government is still failing to make progress on our trade dispute over teachers’ pay, pensions and workload. 

“The talks are still only about the implementation of government policies, not about the fundamental issues we believe to be detrimental to education and the profession.

“For teachers, performance-related pay, working until 68 for a full pension and heavy workload for 60 hours a week, is unsustainable.”

She continued: “This action is the responsibility of a government and education secretary who are refusing point blank to accept the damage their reforms are doing to the teaching profession. Michael Gove can still avoid the strike by engaging in serious negotiations on substantive issues.”

The action comes after hundreds of NUT members took part in a lobby of Parliament during the half-term week earlier this month. 

The union has been engaged in an on-going joint campaign of action short of strike action, alongside the NASUWT – although the NASUWT is not to be involved in the planned walk-out on July 10.

Ms Blower added: “Strike action is a last resort for teachers and we deeply regret the disruption it causes parents and pupils. This date has been chosen to cause minimum disruption to examinations.”


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