Thousands of Cumbrian teachers poised to strike
Last updated at 12:06, Friday, 06 September 2013
Up to 5,000 teachers are expected to go on strike in Cumbria – triggering school closures and massive disruption.
A one-day strike is being held on October 17 as part of a national dispute between two leading teaching unions and the Government over pay, conditions and pensions.
News of the walk-out emerged as children returned to classrooms yesterday.
Two years ago – the last time local teachers took part in a national strike – more than 100 Cumbrian schools were shut and at least a further 40 were affected.
It will be up to headteachers to decide what contingency plan must be put in place to cope with the impact of the strike.
The NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers) and NUT (National Union of Teachers) – which together represent about 90 per cent of teachers – have confirmed the next two waves of regional strikes forming part of their joint Protect Teachers and Defend Education campaign.
Cumbrian members are being called to take part in a day of action also affecting the north east, London, south east and south west regions.
Earlier action, on October 1, will hit the eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions.
In addition, the two unions have warned there are plans for a further one-day national strike before Christmas.
Alan Rutter, NUT secretary in Cumbria, said: “It is with great reluctance that we take any sort of industrial action.
“It is always an absolute last resort. The north west action that took place in the summer term was well supported so I’d say we can expect the same this time.
“We would expect the vast majority of Cumbria’s schools to be affected in some way.”
The two unions say Education Secretary Michael Gove has not met to discuss their concerns, despite repeated requests, following what they see as “relentless” attacks on the teaching profession, its pay, pensions and conditions.
Mr Gove has hit back at the unions, declaring there is “no excuse” for strikes, and accusing their leaders of attacking teaching.
He wrote to both unions in March to say he was willing to meet them.
First published at 11:53, Friday, 06 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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PaulM: since you are obviously experienced in the field, can you summarise what exactly has gone wrong with public sector pension funds over the years? I know something about the state pension, but having been in the private sector all of my working life I do not know how the state schemes operate exactly. Private pensions seem to be (at least nowadays) mostly defined contribution rather than defined benefit, whereas state ones are mainly the latter, is that correct? Why is there a problem with the funding of the public pensions, and why are things being changed now? I realise that other countries, particularly in the rest of the EU, do things differently. What are your views on these different systems?
iv'e said it before why don't they try marching/demonstrating on a saturday in carlisle? but hang on a second that would mean standing up for their themselves on a day off!! nah that won't happen
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