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Strike on timetable as teachers back walkout

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Strike demonstration by the teachers union at plans by the government to change pensions to teachers, The demo was held at Gloucester Park last year

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TEACHERS across the county could walk out of class again after the National Union of Teachers voted for strikes that could close schools in Gloucestershire in the week beginning June 23.

The action is part of a long-running campaign over teachers’ pay and workloads.

The union, at its conference in Brighton, also decided to consult teachers on further action in the autumn term. There were chants of ‘Gove must go’ from members of the NUT at their annual conference.

They overwhelmingly voted on Monday for a motion calling for a national campaign on pay and working conditions.

Schools in Gloucester said they were undecided on whether to walk out.

Lynfa Jenkins, headteacher of Innsworth Junior School, said: “We did not take part in the last strike because we have just been so busy in school and we have not discussed the one in June yet.

“I can appreciate why some schools will take part but my main focus is the SATS exams coming up. We are very busy preparing pupils for their exams.”

Carol Baron, headteacher from St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Gloucester, said: “It is a bit early to decide yet, but I will ask staff nearer the time.”

The other biggest classroom teachers’ union, the NASUWT, has also threatened to take industrial action in the run-up to next year's General Election.

Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education performance and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is up to individual schools to ask their staff how they intend to react to instructions from their union.

“Schools then need to make a decision about whether they can cover classes and stay open or whether they need to close on the day of any planned strike.

“Schools are asked to inform us as soon as possible if they intend to close on any date so that this information can be put on the schools emergency closure webpage at gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools, and parents can be given as much notice as possible.”

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  • Aletheia  |  April 24 2014, 2:16AM

    Quite right, as with the economy, the NHS, justice system and immigration, Labour also left our education system in a real mess. Their aim to get 50% of people getting a degree is laughable because only about 5% of the population could be really said to be very intelligent but labour never cared about that as it was their way of masking youth unemployment. If they were still in power they would probably now be forcing young people to to a doctorate as well so that they didn't leave education until they were about 30. There is an answer to the teacher's complaints, they could go and join the real world and leave education which most of them have been in since the age of 5!

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  • SELINA30  |  April 23 2014, 8:59PM

    Of all the government failures education has to be the number one. I fully support the teachers.

  • IsitJimKerr  |  April 23 2014, 11:29AM

    Lecorche....spot on, those Liebour champagne socialists really are useless.

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  • Lecorche  |  April 23 2014, 10:41AM

    "Useless people useless to their members." Mr.G.? Would that not also apply to our millionaire friends(not) on the front benches at Wasteminster?

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  April 23 2014, 10:32AM

    It's quite surreal, teaching unions have been in dispute with consecutive Education ministers, of all parties, for the last thirty or forty years. I bet you could have a teaching policy mapped out and brought in by a group of teachers, and very soon, there would be calls for change. I think it's the nature of the beast. They insist on their pupils conforming, yet they themselves can't or won't......do as I say, not as I do. What I would add is that the unions are driving this dispute, and the losers are the children who have a once in a lifetime window to get this stuff crammed down their necks, and are being denied it by leftie hardliners. In all of this, those that come out best are the teaching assistants, who do hard work, for little money, yet carry on doing what they are supposed to. They themselves have been under job threats, but you don't hear them whinging and whining. In fact, all you hear about them is when teachers complain they are taking their jobs.....LOL! And I loved it yesterday when lots of comments by TA's were read out on a radio phone-in, unanimously slagging off the teachers. Just get on with it, and be glad to have a worthwhile job in this godforsaken country.

  • MrGarnet  |  April 22 2014, 10:58PM

    Teaching unions are full of commie *****. Useless people useless to their members.

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