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teachers’ unions announce national autumn strike in England

6 September 2013

The NUT and NASUWT are threatening to call a one-day national strike before Christmas, in addition to the regional strikes already planned for 1 October and 17 October. The unions have not set a date for the national strike, and it’s believed that the date will be set once the regional strikes have taken place. Details are scarce; however it appears that the unions are trying to increase pressure on the government to resolve their ongoing disputes over pensions, pay and conditions.

The NUT and NASUWT represent 9 out of 10 teachers in England and Wales. A national strike has great potential to disrupt pupils’ learning and, if schools are forced to close, inconvenience parents who will need to make other arrangements. Such action is therefore unlikely to engender public sympathy for the unions’ concerns.

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