It has come to this. Shame on the UK coalition government, the Liberal Democrats and Michael Gove – none of whom have a mandate to give away public property, none of whom have a mandate to fragment and degrade our universal public education system – once the envy of the world.
The NASUWT and the NUT have now served notice to employers that NUT and NASUWT members in the North West of England* will be called upon to take strike action on 27 June 2013 in furtherance of the dispute with the Government over pensions, pay and conditions. This escalation of action is a further step in our ongoing campaign to protect teachers and defend education.
The NUT and the NASUWT remain committed to resolving this dispute through negotiation but to date the Secretary of State has failed to engage constructively.
The strike action in the North West is part of a rolling programme of strike action across England and Wales.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“Since the Coalition Government came to office the attacks on teachers’ pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs have been relentless.
“Teachers’ morale is at an all-time low.
“The move to strike action is a manifestation of the…
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