Plymouth teachers set to strike – but not until October
TEACHERS in Plymouth are poised to strike next month – following in the footsteps of their colleagues elsewhere in the country.
Several regions in England will be disrupted by strike action on Tuesday.
The planned industrial action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is in protest over changes to pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
No schools in Plymouth will be affected by the strikes next week.
A spokesman for NUT said: "Next week's strike action is taking place in the Eastern, Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions. The South West action will take place on October 17."
On the strike days teachers will be attending a series of regional rallies to demonstrate their anger, frustration and concern.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: "At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action. It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.
"With pay, pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an education secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice."
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, added: "The attacks on teachers are relentless. The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism."