Teachers To Strike Over Pay And Working Conditions, Union Announces

Teachers have voted for strike action over pay and working conditions, with 82.5% in favour, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced today.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said its ballot of members had shown that 82.5% were in favour of walkouts, with a turnout of 27%.

Today, the NUT said it would join fellow teaching union NASUWT, will be campaigning together to "ensure that the onslaught of attacks on the teaching profession stops".

NUT general secretary Christine Blower 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."

On Friday the leader of the UK's biggest trade union warned of a fresh wave of coordinated strikes because of continuing anger over cuts to pay and pensions which was leading the country on a "path to poverty".

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said there was a "real likelihood" of more industrial action before the end of the year, following last November's huge walkout by public sector workers over the government's controversial pension reforms.

The strike threats come ahead of the TUC conference in Brighton next week where calls are expected to made at for coordinated industrial action.

The Unite leader has previously backed civil disobedience, and said communities across the country will be "shocked" when the full extent of public sector cuts becomes known.