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Teacher strikes may miss East Lancashire
TEACHERS’ strikes expected to affect schools across the country next month may miss East Lancash-ire, according to unions.
However, the NUT and NAS/UWT said a full national strike day this autumn may yet affect local parents, and teachers.
Yesterday, the two largest teaching unions confirmed the next phase of a jointly co-ordinated campaign.
Together, the unions which represent nine out of 10 teachers, plan to hold strikes on Tuesday, October 1 in the eastern, east Midlands, west Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions.
Later in the month, further strikes will affect the north east, London, south east and south west regions. The unions have no immediate plans for North West strikes, following industrial action held in the area in June.
However, union leaders anticipate a national strike if Education Secretary Michael Gove refuses to ‘genuinely engage’ with the NUT and the NAS/UWT.
Unions said a strike could affect Lancashire schools during the autumn term.
NUT Blackburn with Darwen secretary Simon Jones said: “Hopefully, we won’t need to take strike action if the government starts listening to teachers.
“All we are asking is for discussions to take place, and for plans to be put on hold, which are perfectly reasonable requests.”
The next phase of strikes are said to be a follow-up to the ‘successful strike action’ in East Lancashire, and across the North West, on Thursday, June 27, which saw thousands of teachers walk out.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the Nat-ional Union of Teachers, said: “At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action.
“With pay, pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked, and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate, teachers now, however, have no other choice.”
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NAS/UWT, said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless.
“The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.”
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