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News - 21 April 2014

Teachers vote for strike in June.

 The National Union of Teachers' conference, in Brighton, has voted for a strike that could close schools in England and Wales in the week beginning 23 June, and will consult teachers on further action in the autumn term.

 
Delegates chanted "Gove must go" as they backed calls for a campaign that could see a summer term classroom walk-out as they voted for the strike which is part of their long-running campaign over teachers' pay and workload.
 
The conference called for a pay deal which would make up for "cuts in pay suffered by teachers since 2010".
 
It opens the door for an escalation of the dispute, with a decision to consult union members about more strikes in the autumn term and into 2015.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“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.”
 
Jerry Glazier, of the union's executive, said teachers needed to put "maximum possible pressure" on the coalition government to "radically change their damaging policies towards education".
 
There are GCSE and A-level exams scheduled to be taken on the first three days of the week of proposed strike action in June. But the union's general secretary, Christine Blower, said strike action "will not disrupt exams" and that any staff who need to supervise an exam will be given exemptions from taking part in industrial action.
 
A Department for Education spokeswoman rejected the need for strike action and said that changes to pay and conditions gave greater flexibility to heads and teachers.
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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