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more teacher strikes announced for autumn term

12 July 2013

A one-day national strike alongside more regional strikes have been announced by teaching unions NASUWT and NUT as part of the continuing dispute over teacher’s pay, conditions and pensions.

Although the Department for Education has confirmed further discussions with the unions will take place, it has criticised the move as being disruptive to education, hugely inconvenient and damaging “the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public."

This latest action will include a series of regional strikes, affecting the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside and parts of Wales first, in the week commencing 30 September. The North East, London, South East, South West and other parts of Wales, will be affected from 14 October. The date of the national one-day strike is to be announced.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wrote to both unions in March confirming the "direction of travel" on pay and pensions is "fixed", and it seems unlikely that this latest action will prove successful in changing his mind.

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