News and Support from The NASUWT
Following a joint declaration of intent by both unions in May, giving the Secretary of State the rest of the academic year genuinely to engage to seek to resolve the issues under dispute, no progress has been made towards addressing the deep concerns of the teaching profession.
The NUT and NASUWT will issue notices of action short of strike action to employers this week which will take effect from 26 September.
The action is intended to be pupil, parent and public friendly, whilst resisting Government policies which are undermining teachers’ ability to work effectively to deliver the highest standards of education.
We urge the Secretary of State to listen to the concerns of teachers, since in the face of continuing attacks the Government risks the campaign escalating to strike action.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The Secretary of State for Education was put on notice in May that he could address teachers’ concerns and avoid the possibility of further industrial action.
“He has recklessly disregarded this warning.
“At every turn the Secretary of State shows contempt for the teaching workforce.
“What happens to teachers directly affects the quality of education for children and young people. Teachers and their pupils deserve better.”
“Teachers’ morale is dangerously low. Over-the-top accountability measures are exhausting teachers and the idea that they can work to 68 is absurd.
“For the sake of teachers and children’s education, these constant attacks from Government need to stop.
“We urge the Secretary of State to begin to listen and to respond to our concerns.”
NASUWT updated Instructions for Action September 2012 , Action Short of Strike Action Instructions – England, September 2012 **NEW**