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NUT chief: Gove's 'refusal' to talk 'deeply damaging'

The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Christine Blower, has blamed the forthcoming strike action on the "intransigent" Education Secretary Michael Gove.

She said the two main teaching unions - NUT and NASUWT - met Mr Gove 17 weeks ago, but that there has been no progress since then.

Michael Gove's persistent refusals to address our ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service, is unnecessary and deeply damaging.

As a result, thousands of good, experienced teachers are leaving or considering leaving the job and a teacher shortage crisis is looming with two in five teachers leaving the profession in their first five years ...

The Education Secretary has put obstacle after obstacle in the way of talks, showing no serious attempt to resolve - or even to discuss - the matters in dispute.

– Christine Blower, general secretary, nut


"Things are getting tough"

Stephanie Wilkins has worked as a bio medical scientist for the NHS for over twenty years.

She claims she has been forced to join fellow NHS workers, and others from across the public sector, on the picket line in sending a message to the UK Government.

Like all those taking part in this 24 hour strike Stephanie says she doesn't want to pay more to work longer and get less.

The changes will mean that she will be £30 a month or £1,400 a year worse off.