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Teachers to debate strike action over pay

Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Teachers to debate over strike action Credit: PA

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton are due to debate a priority motion seeking co-ordinated national strike action in the week beginning Monday June 23.

The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term.


Firefighter strike vote result due over pension row

The Government will hear this week if it faces the threat of the first national firefighters' strike for a decade, in a row over pensions.

Government will hear this week if it faces the threat of the first national firefighters' strike for a decade. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Members of the Fire Brigades Union have been voting on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action, with the result due at the end of the week.

The union said planned changes were "unaffordable and unworkable", would impose an increase in members' contributions and would put firefighters at greater risk of dismissal without access to a proper pension if they cannot maintain fitness standards as they approach the retirement age of 60.

PCS union in talks with others over general strike

Mark Serwotka (pictured) is negotiating details of a general strike. Credit: PA

A union leader has confirmed he is in talks with counterparts about staging a general strike.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said discussions were under way about action that would show people can "fight back".

It comes after it emerged last week that Unite had submitted documents to the TUC calling for a 24-hour general strike against austerity measures.

Ambulance drivers to strike in cuts row

Ambulance drivers will go on strike today in a bitter row over cuts and union recognition.

Staff and paramedics will mount picket lines outside ambulance stations across the county.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will go on strike today. Credit: PA

Unite said its 450 members at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will walk out for 24 hours after the failure to break the deadlock.

Members of other unions are not involved in the action and will be working normally to provide emergency cover and other services.

Unite said it was de-recognised after raising concerns about patient safety over plans to make savings of £46 million over the next five years.

The union said there were proposals to employ emergency care assistants, with only a few weeks training, alongside paramedics.

Teachers' unions call on Gove to respond to demands

Demonstrators against teachers' pensions reforms last year Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The head of the NASUWT teachers' union, Chris Keates, has accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of “recklessly pursued a relentless attack on the profession".

He called on Mr Gove to respond to the union's "reasonable demands" in order to avoid "widespread disruption in schools" this summer.

NUT head Christine Blower warned that the pensions situation and increased workload is "making teaching an unsustainable option for many".


Teaching unions outline timetable of industrial action

The two largest teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, have announced a series of industrial actions in response to their dispute with the government over pay, pensions and workload.

The actions include:

  • National rallies across England and Wales in April and May
  • National strikes starting in the North West on June 27

If the Education Secretary does not "respond positively to the unions’ demands" there is also a chance of further strike action in the Autumn term, including a one-day nationwide strike.

Public sector strike threat 'extremely frustrating'

At a time when the private sector is working extremely hard to get the economy back into growth, it is extremely frustrating to see public sector unions going out on strike.

Civil servants already enjoy better pay and pensions than the wider workforce, but Mark Serwotka thinks they should take no share of the pain involved in sorting out the public finances.

It sends an awful message to investors around the world for the PCS to strike on Budget Day in an attempt to prevent the essential work of reducing the deficit.

– Alexander Ehmann, Institute of Directors

Government vows to address employment T&Cs

The Government said it will address some of its terms and conditions for employees after public sector workers called a strike:

While there has been significant recent change in pay and pensions, there are other terms and conditions that have not been updated.

We will address this and ensure a modern employment offer is available to all.

– Cabinet Office spokesman
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