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Harlow teachers set to strike next week

Education: Secondary / Thu 20th Mar 2014 pm31 12:21pm

striketeachTEACHERS across Harlow are set to strike next week as part of a national day of action national strike action.

The National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) will strike next Wednesday (March 26) as part of a campaign to protect pay, pensions and teachers’ workload.

Members of the NUT have voiced concerns to Government changes, which include increasing pension contributions, introducing performance related pay and teachers working until 68, that they believe “will have a damaging effect on education”.

Harlow and Epping Forest NUT Secretary, Murray Sackwild, said, “Teacher workload is currently unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job.

“Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need confident teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents – he must listen and change direction.

“This strike is his fault – despite our best efforts his will not enter into serious discussion – teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education and for your children’s futures.”

The NUT has also launched a major campaign – Stand up for education – which is fighting to ensure that: every classroom in every school has a qualified teacher; local authorities can open new schools where needed; changes to the curriculum and exams are positive and well-planned; new teachers are encouraged into the profession and schools work together and are properly and quitably funded.

Mr Sackwild added: “We apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us in our efforts to ensure high quality education and well motivated teachers for the schools and academies in the Harlow and Epping Forest area.”

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