Why are we taking action?
This Government is more aggressive towards teachers than any we have known. Teachers are under attack with regard to workload, pensions, pay, conditions and job security. Our professional status is being denigrated and undermined.
The Government’s attacks include:
- pay: dismantling the national pay structure, extending PRP and extending pay restraint;
- pensions: imposing unfair contribution increases and changes to pension ages;
- workload pressures: damaging teachers’ health and threatening educational standards;
- conditions: attacking our terms and conditions, by pursuing academisation of schools; and
- inspections: creating workload and stress through punitive and frequent inspections.
The NUT has declared industrial disputes with the Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove) about the pressures on our members in schools and academies. We have also declared separate and linked disputes about the pressures on our members in schools in Wales and in sixth form colleges.
We have already won concessions through our campaign – the Government improved its pensions offer and proposed protection for many teachers, while, Michael Gove was forced to abandon his plans to remove all working time protections for teachers.
Our strike action campaign has shown the continuing determination amongst teachers. It is clear that, as a result of his disputes with teachers, Michael Gove’s position is increasingly being challenged. By supporting the campaign and taking strike action you can help persuade him to abandon his attacks on our profession. The time to stand up for education is now.