Strike date for London teachers

Teachers in London will go out on strike October 17th, in a long-running row over pay, pensions and workloads.

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Gove dismisses teachers' criticism of profession

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wrote to both teaching unions in March to say he was willing to meet them to discuss their dispute. But he also insisted that the "direction of travel" on two of their key issues - pay and pensions - was "fixed".

Education Secretary, Michael Gove Credit: Press Association

Today, Michael Gove said: "The picture these union leaders paint is of a profession which no-one rational would wish to join - a profession which is unattractive, unrewarding and unfulfilling.

"The truth, however, is very different - teaching, as a profession, has never been more attractive, more popular or more rewarding."

Government accused of 'reckless' behaviour ahead of London strike

No one wants to be disrupting children's education. Our experience is parents understand that if you attack teachers' pay and conditions you are putting at risk children's education.

Since June Mr Gove [Education Secretary] has taken to going from one public platform to another using megaphone diplomacy rather than sitting down and engaging frankly. It is a reckless and irresponsible way for a Secretary of State to behave.

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary
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