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Sunderland schools braced for teachers’ strike action

A teachers demonstration by Monument in Newcastle in support of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) during a one-day walkout by teachers across England and Wales who are protesting against changes to their pay, pensions and working conditions.

A teachers demonstration by Monument in Newcastle in support of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) during a one-day walkout by teachers across England and Wales who are protesting against changes to their pay, pensions and working conditions.

WEARSIDE schools could be hit by further strike action during the new term.

Members of the National Union of Teachers have voted to stage further walk-outs in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

The vote came the day after another teaching union, the NASUWT, agreed to continue its campaign of industrial action, warning it is willing to call its members out on strike if necessary.

Sunderland NUT secretary Sarah Lake said the dispute was about more than her members’ interests.

“We need to spend time persuading parents that what we want is not about pay, conditions and pensions for teachers, it is about how what the Government is doing affects children,” she said.

The union was looking at alternatives to strike action, including the possibility of a day of action at the House of Commons, with teachers and parents lobbying MPS.

Conference delegates yesterday overwhelmingly backed a priority motion which called on the union to co-ordinate national strike action in the week beginning Monday, June 23, if “significant” progress was not made in resolving the dispute.

Anne Lemon, of the NUT’s executive, told delegates the resolution did not exclude the NUT from taking strike action with other trade unions: “If we take strike action one day and maybe another one six months later and we don’t make any real progress, we’ve got two choices.

“One choice is that we give up. The second choice is that we step up. Our members are for stepping up.”

 

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