Only 8% of parents support the education secretary's reforms and think they are good for their children, the general secretary of the National Teacher's Union (NUT) said.
Christine Blower made it clear no one - teachers and parents - wanted to resort to a strike, but industrial action was necessary if a pay system which was "fair" to teachers "everywhere" was implemented.
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