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News - 1 October 2013

Teachers strike over pay and pensions

At least 2,500 schools are closed or partially closed as members of the two biggest teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, take strike action in a row over pay, pensions and workloads.

The two unions represent nine out of 10 teachers. They are angry about changes to their pensions, increased workload and about government plans to bring in performance-related pay, from this autumn.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: "No teacher takes strike action lightly but the intransigence of this education secretary has left teachers with no choice.

"We cannot stand by and watch our profession be systematically attacked and undermined.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: "Strike action is a last resort, teachers have been left with no choice but to demonstrate their anger and frustration in the face of their genuine concerns being dismissed and trivialised.”

A Department for Education spokesman said: "It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the government's measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.

"Industrial action will disrupt pupils' education, hugely inconvenience parents and damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public at a time when our reforms are driving up standards across the country.”

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“A further regional strike is planned in London, the North East, South East and South West on 17 October. Plans for a national one-day walkout before Christmas have also been announced by the two unions.”

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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