Teachers could strike again in exam season

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TEACHERS in the Portsmouth area are gearing up for a fresh round of strikes this summer in a long-running bitter row over pay, pensions and conditions.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) could stage walkouts at the end of June if their dispute is not resolved, it has been announced.

The union is due to debate a priority motion at their annual conference, being held in Brighton, which seeks co-ordinated national strike action in the week beginning Monday, June 23, if ‘significant progress’ is not made in ongoing talks with government officials.

The move comes just weeks after NUT members in Portsmouth and south east Hampshire staged a walkout on March 26.

A march was held through the city centre and a rally took place in Guildhall Square.

The resolution declares that the NUT’s national walkout last month was a success, and calls on the union to continue its Stand Up For Education campaign.

The latest strike date comes at the end of the summer GCSE and A-level exam season.

Some exams are scheduled to take place that week.