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Teachers across England to strike over pensions, pay on March 26

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove

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Teachers across England will strike on March 26, it has been announced.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will take to the picket line because of a dispute with the Government, and more specifically the Education Secretary Michael Gove, over pay and pensions.

The union is also worried about teachers’ working conditions.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Michael Gove’s persistent refusals to address our ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service, is unnecessary and deeply damaging.

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“As a result, thousands of good, experienced teachers are leaving or considering leaving the job and a teacher shortage crisis is looming with two in five teachers leaving the profession in their first five years.

“The NUT and NASUWT met with government officials in October – now over 17 weeks ago.

“Reassurances were given that Michael Gove would talk about a wide range of matters on implementation of pay and pensions and the direction of travel and implementation on conditions.

“Subsequently, the Education Secretary has put obstacle after obstacle in the way of talks, showing no serious attempt to resolve – or even to discuss – the matters in dispute.”

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  February 08 2014, 10:39AM

    Tim....trotting out that old standby every time just shows how little research you have done. When I was offered six different jobs when leaving school over forty years ago, yes, the state one was a little less, but the pension rights etc were far greater. Nowadays, pay is comparable, but benefits in public sector vastly outweigh private sector........fact.

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  • griffin6  |  February 07 2014, 5:13PM

    Honslknjklyt, I work three times as hard, I am three times as worse off as i was five years ago and i have no pension, your lucky to have a boat. Funny how there is enough money for NHS managers, company directors, bankers all too have big pay rises. Let all us workers keep slagging each other off in a race to the bottom and carry on forlock tugging

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  • worktiludrop  |  February 07 2014, 3:04PM

    Teachers pensions have no relation to money in and money out. So really it's a benefit. Are they then benefit scroungers?

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  February 07 2014, 1:38PM

    hing you have to remember is that public sector workers get paid far less than their private sector counterparts every time.

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  • nickthompson  |  February 07 2014, 1:29PM

    With regard to previous comments, it is doing us no good sticking together in the race to the bottom! Interesting to note that right wing Tory Nicholas Soames who tried without success to ban the introduction of the minimum wage has just received a £25,000 bonus, this greed monger get's £65,000 a year plus all expenses as an MP, £102,000 a year as the chair of a defence company, and just £7,000 a year from an insurance company, if we were able to bring this sort of greed to an end, and Soames is only one of thousands, then their would be enough money in the pot for ALL OF US to get a fair crack of the whip. In the meantime remember we are (NOT) all in it together.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  February 07 2014, 12:53PM

    So shall we just wait until there are no teachers left to teach our children?! The point is that the government has money to pay them, it just chooses not to!

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  • MavisW  |  February 07 2014, 12:01PM

    Public sector workers really do have no idea - many people employed in the private sector work long hours, are paid little and can go years without getting even so much as a 'cost of living' rise. Oh yes, and if they go on strike ..........................well then they get instant dismissal. Just out of interest where do these people think that the money is going to come from?

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  • Matt1006  |  February 07 2014, 11:48AM

    Unions again. Overwhelming minority causing no end of chaos for many many more. But they (the union leaders) don't care. Time the government did something to stop strikes such as this - it has been muted this week following Mr. Crow's virtual shutdown of the Underground - schools should be classed to be an essential service too. And anything medical. And anything public transport related.

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  • SmlngAssassin  |  February 07 2014, 11:31AM

    Agree with comments so far, but I guess it's because teachers work with children they aren't used to the adult working world. Can compensation be claimed, as parents get fined if they take children out of school for no reason.

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  • Togster  |  February 07 2014, 11:26AM

    honslknjklyt I am with you on this one, totally fed up with Teachers whinging about how hard they work, so little pay, my pension is **** etc etc. I totally understand that Teachers do not work the same hours as the pupils, so welcome to the real world where 'we' work 10, 12, 14, hour days. And with only 20-25 days paid holiday a year, if you are lucky enough to have a job that provides paid holiday. I am lucky enough to have a pension in place, and i consider myself lucky to do so, but these Teachers really need to get a grip. Striking is just as pathetic as a toddler having a tantrum in local super market.