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Teachers at a school resisting academy status are set to go on strike. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said it is to ballot members at Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, for action this summer.
The dispute is over potential changes to staff pay and conditions if the school does become an academy. NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said:
The National Union of Teachers' general secretary Christine Blower has spoken after their annual conference in Torquay, saying that an 'overwhelming majority have clearly rejected the Government's policy for the teachers' pension scheme'. Ms Blower said:
Two of the UK's biggest teaching unions were today on a collision course with the Government after voting for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses. The latest moves means that schools across the country could now face walkouts from the summer onwards.
The National Union of Teachers' motion, which was heard in private, called for the union to work with its local divisions with the "aim of organising a further one-day national strike before the end of June."
Two of the UK's biggest teaching unions are on a collision course with the Government after voting for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) passed a resolution at its annual conference in Torquay seeking fresh walkouts as early as this summer amid concerns over the Government's changes to public sector pensions.
The National President of teachers' union NASUWT has told ITV News that there is a 'strong feeling' to escalate action as teachers vote to strike. Paula Roe has said that their current actions are "short of strike action".
A Department for Education spokesman has defended current reforms on teacher's pensions:
The teachers' biggest union has voted at its annual conference for an escalation of industrial action -- including strikes -- as part of their growing row with the government over pay, pensions, working conditions and job losses.
Later today the other main teaching union -- the NUT -- votes on possible strike action at their conference in Torquay.
During today's debate by union members in Brighton over whether teachers strike over the pensions row, Union treasurer Brian Cookson said there has been an "unprecedented, vicious, prejudiced and totally unjustified attack on the public sector" in the last two years:
Delegates at the NASUWT's annual conference in Birmingham passed a resolution which said that continuing the union's industrial action campaign is the best way of safeguarding the interests of teachers.
A separate union, The National Union of Teachers (NUT), is also due to discuss a priority motion this afternoon on government changes to public sector pensions.
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Two of the UK's biggest teaching unions have voted for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses.
The two main teaching unions are considering more strike action as they hold their conferences this weekend.