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Teachers strike action postponed – for the moment...

28 October 2013

The strike action planned by the NUT and NASUWT to take place before Christmas has been postponed. The announcement follows confirmation from Michael Gove that he was willing to meet for talks on performance related pay, pensions, workload and terms of employment. Speaking late last week Mr Gove said, “We have regular meetings with all the unions, but it is important to stress that no one should think that because a union goes on strike that it gets any special concessions.”

This will be seen as a victory for the unions, coming so quickly after October’s strike action. The action received particular criticism from parents on social media as it came following the introduction of fines for parents who take their children out of school in term time. The unions have warned that if insufficient progress is made, then further strike action would take place in February 2014. Given the wider context and economic climate, it is too early to say if a solution can be found that truly satisfies both sides.

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