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Education Secretary Michael Gove has accused teaching unions of getting an “ideological kick" over plans to strike in the autumn.
Speaking at an event in central London this morning, Mr Gove said unions had "no excuse for going on strike":
"What is the complaint that teachers have? Is it that pensions are poor?
"It has been pointed out that even after recent changes, teachers have better pensions than the majority in the public and private sectors."
The Education Secretary insisted he was willing to meet with union bosses for talks at “any time, any place anywhere to get them to see the error of their ways.”
Teachers will stage two days of walkouts in October in a row over pay, pensions and workload.
Two teaching unions have announced that their members in eight areas of England will strike in October with thousands of pupils set to be affected.
Unions NUT and NASUWT said members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the Eastern region will take part in a walkout on October 1.
Those in the North East, London, the South East and the South West will strike on October 17.
A national strike is likely to follow and take place before Christmas.
The two largest teachers' unions, who have announced they will go on strike before Christmas, have criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove for his "relentless attack" on the profession.
The two largest teachers' unions have announced a national strike in England before Christmas over working conditions.
The NUT and NASUWT represent nine out of 10 teachers in the country.
The two largest teachers' unions in England and Wales are to outline plans for strike action later today.
In July, the NUT and NASUWT unions announced they would hold a one-day national strike, as well as rolling regional strikes in September and October. They have not stated the exact dates of the strikes.
Both unions are in a dispute with the government over pay, conditions and pensions.