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NUT on strike action: "Teachers undermined by politicians with daily criticisms"

Today (Friday 7 September) the NUT announced members have voted in favour of both strike action, and action short of strike action to protect pay and working conditions. In the NUT’s ballot 91.6% voted in favour of action short of strike action and 82.5% voted in favour of strike action with a turn out of 27%.*

We will be campaigning alongside the NASUWT to ensure that the onslaught of attacks on the teaching profession stops. Working together, the NUT and NASUWT represent 85% of teachers in England and Wales. Details of the next steps in the campaign will be outlined on Monday 10 September.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT is left with no option but to take action to protect the well-being of our members and restore their rights to do their job thoroughly and properly. Teachers are being undermined by a Government whose almost daily criticisms and erosion of working conditions and pay, coming on top of previous attacks on pensions, are unacceptable. This negative approach to the profession has to stop.

“No other profession comes under such continual scrutiny and no other profession has accountability systems based on so little trust. This is bound to lower morale. It is time for Government to stop dictating to teachers and address the problems which they are creating. It is time to listen to the profession.”

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* EDITOR’S NOTE

Three constituencies were balloted by the NUT:

The Union balloted members employed in Local Authority (LA) schools (community, Foundation, Trust, Voluntary aided and Voluntary controlled schools), LA central services working in schools, Sixth Form Colleges and Academies.

In total 228,831 members were balloted.

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