Teachers say strikes are ‘inevitable’

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STRIKES are “inevitable” if the Government continues attacking teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions, a union has claimed.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the profession was being “torn apart” by current reforms.

The union’s executive has already met to discuss the next steps in its campaign against Government plans to link teachers’ pay with performance in the classroom.

Ministers argue the move will give schools more freedom to recruit and retain the best teachers.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “Teachers and education have come under continual attack from this Government and its Education Secretary.

“Michael Gove’s declared war on teachers, a punitive Ofsted regime and the breakdown of a coherent education system through the academies and free school programmes has led to a crisis of morale in the profession.

“Michael Gove must understand that unless this onslaught against teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions stops then strike action is inevitable.

“Teachers do not take strike action lightly but when the profession is being torn apart by a Government whose reforms have little to do with standards, or evidence, then the time to sit back has to end.”

She said the union expected to reveal more of its plans for action next month.