News and Support from The NASUWT
On 18th March 2013 the NUT and the NASUWT, in the face of the continuing relentless assault on the teaching profession, announced a programme of escalation of action which involved a rolling programme of strike action in England and Wales during this term.
In letters to the Westminster Secretary of State for Education and the Education Minister in Wales, the unions set out how the rolling strikes could be avoided.
In England, teacher’s are preparing for the first wave of strikes on 1st of October. Although teacher’s want to teach, they will be on strike. Instead of being at work earning a living to support their families, teachers will be on strike. Teachers want to work, but instead they feel they have no option but to strike. The Secretary of State, Mr Gove, seems to think that the teacher’s leaders have nothing useful to add to the education debate. The teacher’s response to that is to strike.
In Wales Ministers have held extensive talks with teacher representatives. Talks are continuing. Teacher’s in Wales have withdrawn from strike action.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said, “I welcome the fact that the Education Minister in Wales recognises that teachers are central to securing the highest standards of education for children and young people in Wales and is committed to ensuring that their concerns are taken seriously.
“The Welsh Government’s willingness to listen and genuinely to engage has enabled real progress to be made and consequently we are able to respond positively by withdrawing the rolling programme of strikes in Wales.
“Regrettably the position in England is entirely different. The Secretary of State continues to dismiss, with arrogant contempt, the concerns of teachers.”
So that’s the difference between the Welsh and the English Ministers. As a result teachers in Wales will be in school. Teachers in England will be on strike.