The NUT is to ballot members for strike action and action short of strike action to protect pay and working conditions. The ballot will commence today, Thursday 21 June and will close at midday on Thursday 6 September. The NUT will keep its existing pensions ballot.
The Union is balloting all NUT members working in state funded schools and sixth form colleges in England and Wales – including in Academies.
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“This ballot follows on from the historic joint declaration with the NASUWT. Our two unions will coordinate campaigns to defend teachers and protect education. The profession has never been under such sustained attack from Government. The almost daily criticism of teaching standards and erosion of working conditions, pay and pensions are unacceptable.
“If the ballot is successful it will see joint action by 85% of the teaching profession. Any strike action taken on the new ballot will be held simultaneously with action on pensions.
“As ever we are seeking negotiations with Government. However the situation is very serious and we have to build the broadest campaign to send a clear message to Government that this cannot continue. Our ballot is intended to secure a fair deal for teachers and education.”
For further information contact Caroline Cowie on 0207 380 4706 / 07879480061
NUT Press Officer
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place,
London WC1H 9BD
0207 380 4706 or 07879480061