Strikes off as talks continue in Wales

Pay and conditions Trade unions
Teachers in Wales will not join in strike action on October 1 and 17 after a “constructive” meeting between union officials and the Welsh government.

The NASUWT and National Union of Teachers (NUT) are pressing ahead with regional walkouts in England on those dates, with plans for a national strike later this term.

A joint statement from the unions said: “In stark contrast to the attitude of the Westminster secretary of state, ministers in Wales had been prepared seriously to engage in constructive dialogue to seek to resolve these disputes. The Welsh government held detailed discussions with both unions.

“The new minister in Wales (Huw Lewis) has underlined the Welsh government’s continuing commitment to discussion to address teachers’ concerns and resolve the trade disputes.”

The unions said they welcomed the Welsh government’s discussions on pay, pensions and conditions of service and that there had been “good progress on recommendations to schools on appraisal”. Talks are to continue between the NUT, NASUWT and the Welsh government.

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