There is a renewed threat of pre-summer strike action as the row over the leaked STRB pay review continues.

The National Education Union (NEU) has threatened strikes in the week of July 3 should the School Teachers’ Review Body recommendations for September not be published and negotiations with unions not re-open.

In late May, a report in the Sunday Times claimed that the STRB has recommended a 6.5% pay rise for teachers from September in its annual report to the Department for Education (DfE).

The DfE does not normally publish the STRB report and its response until mid to late July and has refused so far to be drawn on the Sunday Times report.

However, tensions are heightened given that the leak comes during the on-going pay dispute between four education unions and the government – and at a time when negotiations have long since broken down.

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