Teachers set to take further strike action

Teachers protesting over pay and conditions
Teachers protesting over pay and conditions
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Teachers in St Helens are set to strike next month after a leading union announced plans for a further walkout over pay, pensions and conditions.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will take the industrial action on Wednesday March 26, union bosses have said.

Union leaders believe education Michael Gove “is just not listening to teachers”.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “Reassurances were given that Michael Gove would talk about a wide range of matters on implementation of pay and pensions and the direction of travel and implementation of conditions.

“Subsequently, the education secretary has put obstacle after obstacle in the way of talks, showing no serious attempt to resolve - or even to discuss matters in dispute.”

The NUT has staged two previous national strikes since 2011 alongside fellow leading union NASUWT.

NASUWT has not yet announced whether its members will be part of next month’s action.

The ongoing dispute regards proposals for performance related pay and changes to pension structures.

This week reports suggested the Government was considering extending the school day and shortening holidays.