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Teachers to stage two days of walkouts in October

Teachers will stage two days of walkouts in October in a row over pay, pensions and workload.

Teachers are set for a national strike before Christmas. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

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.

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'Relentless attack on teachers is damaging morale'

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 Secretary of State needs to take seriously the very deep concerns and anger of teachers and school leaders.The relentless attack on the teaching profession is damaging the morale of teachers and undermining the education of pupils.

The Secretary of State has the opportunity to avoid further national strike action by demonstrating that he is willing to engage seriously on the issues that we have put to him.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

Michael Gove is well aware that under his time as Education Secretary, teacher morale has plummeted. Teachers are angry at the Government’s continual undermining of their pay, pensions and working conditions.

Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and they are very well aware of the difficulties that this causes for parents and pupils. Teachers, however, have been left with no option. If we do not take a stand now to defend the profession, then the consequences for teacher recruitment and education will be disastrous for all.

– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT
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Teaching unions to outline plans for strike action

Teachers on strike in London
Teachers on strike in London Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

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.

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Public sector staff 'face another year of financial hardship'

The Government has announced that almost 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.

The Treasury said recommendations from a number of pay review bodies had been accepted, sparking anger from unions.

Unison, which represents 450,000 NHS workers including nurses, paramedics, therapists and midwives, said staff face another year of financial hardship.

The union condemned the second successive 1% annual increase as a "squeeze" on pay, which officials warned would leave many health workers and their families struggling to make ends meet.

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