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NASUWT and NUT organise strike action in Barnet schools tomorrow
Forty schools in Barnet could be shut tomorrow as teachers in the borough strike in a protest over pay, pensions and conditions.
Teachers will join their colleagues from arounc London in a mass walkout organised by England’s two biggest teaching unions, National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT.
Preliminary figures suggest that of the borough’s 121 schools, 40 will be closed, 27 will be open, 29 will be partially open and a further 25 are waiting to confirm their plans.
Under Government reforms,due to come into effect in autumn, teachers’ pay will be linked to performance in classrooms and changes will be made to pensions.
The unions warned strike action could have been avoided had Education Secretary Michael Gove entered “meaningful talks” to resolve the dispute.
Bob Stapely, London NUT Regional Secretary, said: “Changes to pay and pensions will make teaching a less attractive profession, which is not in the long-term interests of teachers and children.
“No teacher takes strike action lightly. This is a last resort for teachers but the absolute refusal of the government to enter meaningful talks to resolve the dispute has left us with no choice.
“There needs to be a change in the Government’s attitude to teachers and education. The NUT and NASUWT continue to seek talks with the education secretary.
“There can be no doubt about the feeling of upset and anger amongst teachers about the continual undermining of their profession. It really is time that Government listened.”
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