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Uttoxeter schools summer strike action announced by union

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

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A TEACHERS’ union responsible for recent strikes at Uttoxeter schools has voted in favour of further industrial action during the summer term.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has confirmed it will again strike over excessive workload and bureaucracy and changes to pay and pensions in the summer term, which could point to further school closures for Uttoxeter parents.

Windsor Park Middle School, in Springfield Road, Talbot First School in Kingstone, and St Peter’s First School in Alton all closed for the day in the most recent round of NUT strike action.

St Mary’s First School in The Heath, Ryecroft Middle School in Denstone Road, Rocester, Hutchinson Memorial First School in Checkley and All Saints First School in Denstone also closed to some pupils for the day as teachers took to the picket lines.

Union chief Christine Blower, general secretary for the NUT has said the union is to ‘step up the campaign to stand up for education’ for the summer term.

After the motion endorsing strikes was passed, she said: “The union will demand that Michael Gove attends talks with the unions to discuss his education policies, on workload and accountability, teacher pay – including performance-related pay– and his unfair pension changes.

“If the strike happens it will be Michael Gove’s fault.

“Following decisions at NUT annual conference, we are stepping up our campaign to stand up for education in the summer term.

“We will be continuing our stand up for education street stalls, holding a lobby of parliament on June 10 and conducting local lobbying activities.

“We will be standing up for education with the NUT and the People’s Assembly at a demonstration and free festival in London on June 21 and preparing to strike later this term if the Government doesn’t respond positively to teachers’ concerns.

“Whilst Michael Gove, by accepting the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body, has been prevented from making teachers’ conditions of service worse, nothing has changed for the better.

“Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until 68.”

A Department for Education spokesman said in response to the NUT announcement: “Further strike action will only disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”

Those wishing to volunteer should go online to: www.teachers.org.uk/voice to lobby parliament on June 10, lobby their MP locally, leaflet parents and the public or send a message to parliament.

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