Teachers to go on Strike in England

With 86% of members voting in favour, the National Education Union (NEU) is now moving forward with a formal strike ballot on pay. The NEU represents teachers in England and Wales. The NASUWT union, representing teachers in Scotland, England and Wales, has also begun balloting its members on strike action.

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Both unions have said that the government’s 5% pay rise offer does not address the cost-of-living pressures on teachers.

The last national dispute over teachers’ pay was in 2008.

Education is one of many sectors grappling with action over pay. Earlier this year, for example, workers in the health sector staged a walkout over pay and staffing levels.

With 86% of members voting in favour, the National Education Union (NEU) is now moving forward with a formal strike ballot on pay. The NEU represents teachers in England and Wales.

The NASUWT union, representing teachers in Scotland, England and Wales, has also begun balloting its members on strike action.

Both unions have said that the government’s 5% pay rise offer does not address the cost-of-living pressures on teachers.

The last national dispute over teachers’ pay was in 2008.

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Education is one of many sectors grappling with action over pay. Earlier this year, for example, workers in the health sector staged a walkout over pay and staffing levels.

According to the NEU, the average salary for a teacher in England is £37,400 –below the average for other graduate professions. In real terms, teachers’ wages have fallen by nearly 10% since 2010.

The government has said that it is “disappointing” that the unions are balloting for strike action and that it had offered “the biggest pay rise in over a decade”.

But with teachers’ frustration at what they see as inadequate pay continuing to grow, it looks like more industrial action could be on the horizon.

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