Teachers set to walk out in pay dispute

Chris Keats, General Secretary of NASUWT.
Chris Keats, General Secretary of NASUWT.
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Teachers in Blackpool are set to be part of a strike which will stoke a union row with the Government over pay and pensions.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT said it has served notice on employers that their members in the North West will be staging a one-day walkout on June 27.

The announcement is the latest move in the unions’ campaign, which will see a rolling programme of regional strikes over the next few months, affecting schools across England and Wales. The action is likely to be followed by a national walkout in the autumn.

In total, 2,765 schools in 22 authorities will be affected by the June 27 walkout, the unions claimed.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The move to strike action is a manifestation of the anger and frustration of teachers at the failure of the Government to seek to address the deep concerns of the profession.”

A Department for Education spokeswoman said less than a quarter of teachers voted for the strike action.

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