Teachers strike over pay, pensions and conditions affects thousands of schools

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/17/teachers-strike-pay-thousands-schools-nasuwt

National Union of Teachers and NASUWT stage term’s second day of walkouts from schools across England

Thousands of schools are expected to face disruption this Thursday as teachers stage a fresh wave of strikes amid conflict over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Pupils in the south-west, south-east and north-east of England, plus in Cumbria and London, will be affected as members of two of England’s biggest teaching unions take part in the second day of walkouts this term.

The industrial action has been organised by the National Union of Teachers and NASUWT.

The government condemned the move, saying it was disappointed by the decision to strike.

Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said that the overwhelming majority of teachers in affected areas would be on strike.

She said: “No teacher has any wish to inconvenience parents or disrupt pupils’ education, but this action is not the failure or due to the unreasonableness of teachers. It is the failure and unreasonableness of the secretary of state, who, day in day out, is disrupting the education of children and young people through his attacks on the teaching profession.”

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