Teaching unions consider strike action

The two main teaching unions are considering more strike action as they hold their conferences this weekend.

Both are unhappy about the threats to pay and pensions as well as other changes brought in under the coalition government.

Teachers have already been out on strike to protest against public sector pension reform.

The NUT is involved in local industrial action, which included a strike last week in many London schools.

The NASUWT is involved in work-to-rule but may take further action.

The government says reforming pensions has to happen to keep costs in check. But many teachers believe they'll be forced to work longer for less pay.

They also say they are unhappy at the many new initiatives ministers have brought into schools in England, which include plans to make it easier to sack teachers.

So expect these conferences to be particularly bullish.

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