The three real reasons why teachers went on strike
WITH some of the largest schools shut in mid-somerset parents have been asking questions about the teacher’s strike and why it is being held.
The three reoccurring factors are pay, pensions and working conditions, but these areas are very rarely expanded upon leaving people in the dark.
The unions, (NUT and Nasuwt) say teachers are concerned about the impact changes on pay, pensions, working conditions and job cuts are having.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has been accused of making changes to teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service which affect schools ability to recruit good teachers.
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The NUT said: “Members of the NUT and the NASUWT teacher unions have been engaged in jointly co-ordinated industrial action short of strike.
“This action by our members has been designed to enable teachers to focus on the job of teaching and to prevent a crisis in the teaching profession which could have devastating consequences for our schools.
“However, the Secretary of State for Education is continuing to make changes to teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions of service that are not supported by teachers and are making it much harder for schools to recruit and retain good teachers.
“The Secretary of State for Education is refusing to engage in genuine talks with the NUT and the NASUWT about teachers’ concerns, despite numerous requests by both unions.
“Teachers deeply regret the disruption that will be caused by strike action.
“However, the Government’s refusal to engage to resolve the dispute means that they have no alternative other than to demonstrate to the Government the seriousness of their concerns.”
Mr Gove has proposed changes to the national pay structures, creating a version that is tougher and performance related.