NUT leader warns of further action after day of teachers’ strikes

Guardian excerpt

Christine Blower calls on schools minister to persuade education secretary Michael Gove to take part in negotiations
 
Part of the NUT demonstration in London

A teachers’ demonstration in London protesting against government education reforms. Photograph: Alex MacNaughton/Rex Features

The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers warned of further industrial action later this year if progress was not made in negotiations with the government, after a day of strikes saw thousands of state schools closed or disrupted in England and Wales.

Christine Blower, the NUT general secretary, said the strike was “a clear demonstration that teachers are thoroughly tired of the intolerable pressures they are being put under by the coalition government.

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One Response to NUT leader warns of further action after day of teachers’ strikes

  1. rtuc says:

    NUT members clearly feel that enough is enough, that teachers’ misgivings are being ignored and that the government must be made to listen.

    Gove is a free-market zealot who is so convinced of his own infallibility that he will brook no criticism or amendment of his programme of breaking up our state education system.

    Most parents are supportive of the teachers because they can see the damage being done.

    Would any parent back Gove’s programme of replacing fully trained professional teachers with unqualified staff, as is now the norm in free/academy schools?
    Would any think it reasonable that teachers should be expected to work far in excess of their contractual hours, knowing the effect that this has on teachers’ capacity?

    Teachers have seen their pay frozen, their pensions degraded and their workload increased as a result of cuts in staffing.

    The alternative to standing up to a dictatorial minister by walking out to show him how unhappy teachers are is to do what 40 per cent of their newly qualified colleagues do within five years of entering the profession – that is to walk away from education.

    What a waste of the human and financial resources ploughed into years of teacher training.

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