Teachers to hold one-day strike

Teachers plan to strike in England on 5th July over pay, working conditions and school funds.

National Union of Teachers (NUT) members will walk out, after 91.7% of those who voted backed the action. There are fears that this could cause major disruption for parents, as the NUT have hinted more strikes will come later in the summer.

The union said its demands were to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said teachers could not go on without seeing significant change.

Mr Courtney said: “The NUT is not taking action lightly. In light of the huge funding cuts to schools, worsening terms and conditions, and unmanageable and exhausting workloads, teachers cannot be expected to go on without significant change.”

“The effects on children’s education are also real and damaging. As a result of school funding cuts, class sizes in primary and secondary schools are increasing, subject choices are being cut, and children are getting less individual attention as teachers and support staff are made redundant or not replaced when they leave.”

A Department for Education spokesman said: “It is disappointing the National Union of Teachers has chosen to take unnecessary and damaging strike action, which less than a quarter of its members voted for. It is even more disappointing when we have offered and committed to formal talks between ministers and the unions to address their concerns about pay.

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