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Speaking to ITV News, the Education Secretary Michael Gove accused teachers of going on strike only because many oppose performance related pay, which would see the best teachers paid more.
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".
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."
Teachers in London will walk out on strike on October 17, with a second day of action expected to follow before Christmas. The action is being taken by members of two unions, the NUT and NASUWT.