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Strike action set to impact on schools across Stafford next month

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

By John Millington

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SCHOOLS across Staffordshire are set to be disrupted in March after members of the National Union Teachers called for strike action over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Teaching unions and Education Secretary Michael Gove are at loggerheads over education reforms, including new performance-related pay structures and a reduced pension package.

NUT Midlands Regional Secretary Kit Armstrong blamed Mr Gove for the 24-hour strike which is due to take place on March 26.

“Michael Gove has refused address our ongoing pay terms and conditions of service," she said. “He is dismantling the pay structure for teachers which will create problems of recruitment in the future.

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“I would say to parents in Staffordshire that teachers take strike action as last a resort and they have been put in this position by Michael Gove because he won’t have constructive talks with us to resolve this dispute.”

The strike would affect every school in Staffordshire if there is no resolution to the dispute which has not seen a meeting between the two sides since October.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government's measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

“They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and those talks will begin shortly.

“Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is nevertheless taking strike action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.”

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