NUT strike, March 26 - press release
14 February 2014
Commenting on the ongoing trade dispute between Michael Gove and the NUT, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The NUT announced national strike action in England and Wales on 26 March as a result of the Education Secretary’s refusal to meet to discuss the matters over which both ourselves and the NASUWT are in dispute: pay, pensions, jobs and workload. Whilst Michael Gove, by accepting the recommendations of the STRB, has been prevented from making teachers’ conditions of service worse, nothing has changed for the better for teachers.
“The NUT has made clear that strike action on 26 March can be stopped if the Secretary of State addresses teachers’ concerns and engages in serious dialogue with the NUT on the matters of our dispute. The Education Secretary has offered a meeting with officials at the DfE on 25 February for all teacher unions to discuss talks about a wide range of matters. We will engage positively in this process but there is still no commitment to address the issues in dispute, only how the policies he has imposed will be implemented.
“Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until 68. Our concerns have to be addressed if a crisis in teacher supply is to be avoided.
“It is not for us to comment on the decisions of other organisations but the NUT continue to believe that joint action by teacher unions is the best way to defend teachers and the education service.
“Now more than ever teaching unions need to stand together to defend the members we represent and to speak with one voice. The NUT is pleased to be hosting a conference on professional unity, open to all teachers and with speakers from other unions, on 1 March.”