Thursday, June 21, 2018

Teachers Strike

National Union of Teachers

Teachers unions National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) have voted in favour of strike action.

The vote comes after teachers have felt that they have been subjected to continuous criticisms and are under a lot of pressure, in addition to the attacks on their pay and pensions that have taken place in the past.

The result of the vote means that there is likely to be a disruption to the new school term and so teachers have been further criticised for their decision. A spokesman from the Department for Education commented on how "Industrial action would disrupt pupils' education, hugely inconvenience parents and will damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public."

The unions claim that this result has been a long time coming given the “two years of sustained assault from the government which has been deeply damaging to teacher morale, as well as to recruitment and retention" said NASUWT union General Secretary Chris Keates. In a similar way to the Doctors taking part in the strike earlier this year, teachers will likely receive further criticism from the public should the strike go ahead and lead to the closing down of schools for the day. Teachers took part in last year’s strike over pensions and pay in June, which caused thousands of schools to shut down.

NUT General Secretary Christine Blower said that the union had been left with little choice concerning how difficult work had become. "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," she said. She continued by explaining that no other profession has received the amount of public criticism that teaching had. Teachers feel like they are not respected or trusted and that they deserve a lot more respect for the work that they do. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said that 82.5% of the members who voted were in favour of walkouts.

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