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Strike still on as unions slam DfE ‘provocation’

A national strike by the NASUWT and National Union of Teachers is back on the cards after the unions accused education secretary Michael Gove of “resorting to provocation”.

A national strike by the NASUWT and National Union of Teachers is back on the cards after the unions accused education secretary Michael Gove of “resorting to provocation”.

The unions suspended a national strike planned for later this term after receiving commitment from the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss their grievances.

It followed a series of regional strikes which took place between June and October this year. The unions are angry over changes to workload, pensions, and pay and conditions, including the move to performance-related pay.

However, a letter published by Mr Gove earlier this month has further angered the unions, causing them to confirm on Monday (November 11) that plans remain in place for national strike action “no later than February 13”.

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