NUT backs strike action

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has backed its members calls for a strike action over pay, working conditions and school funds.

The teaching union will support a walk out on Tuesday 5 July, after 91 per cent of its members who voted backed the action, claiming significant change was needed.

The NUT is calling for an increase in funding to schools and education, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed. They argue that schools have not been fully funded for pay, pension and National Insurance costs passed on by the government.

Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary of the NUT, said: “The NUT is taking strike action in response to the funding crisis in our schools, which is impacting on teachers’ terms and conditions and children’s education.

“Teachers do not take strike action lightly. It is essential that the Government listens. We need investment in education, not harmful cuts.”

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