Teachers set to take strike action in March

PROTEST Members of NUT on strike earlier this year
PROTEST Members of NUT on strike earlier this year

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TEACHERS across the area are set to walk out in a dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

The NUT have announced that strike action will take place on Wednesday, March 26.

Members have held a series of strikes since first balloting members almost three years ago.

But planned strike action in December was called off so talks could be held.

The dispute centres on the introduction of a new performance-related pay structure and tougher pension package.

The other big teaching union, the NASUWT, still has to decide whether it will go out on strike again and is due to meet next week.

In a statement, NUT General Secretary Christine Blower said: ‘The NUT and Nasuwt met with government officials in October - now over 17 weeks ago.

‘Reassurances were given that Michael Gove would talk about a wide range of matters on implementation of pay and pensions and the direction of travel and implementation on conditions.

‘Subsequently, the education secretary has put obstacle after obstacle in the way of talks, showing no serious attempt to resolve - or even to discuss - the matters in dispute.

‘We on the other hand have made every effort. We cancelled the strike planned for November and postponed action in February. We have indicated we will meet with Michael Gove anywhere, any time to seek to resolve the disputes in the interest of the education service.’