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ATL members vote 'overwhelmingly' in favour of strike action

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers looks set to initiate strike action this summer.

20 April 2011

Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have voted "overwhelmingly" in favour of undertaking industrial action.

Following the landmark poll, the organisation's Executive Committee will now meet to discuss the issue of authorising a ballot for a strike this summer.

Union bargaining could take place after the ATL claimed that industrial action is one of the only ways to make policymakers reconsider their position over pay cuts, working hours and pensions.

Commenting on the issue, general secretary for the union Dr Mary Bousted set out some of the reasons behind the outcome of the vote.

"Members deeply regret having to take this step to ballot for strike action, but they believe they need to take a strong stand now to make the government listen," she said.

This comes after the Public and Commercial Services Union opted to ballot its members in regard to strikes earlier in the month, with 84 per cent voting in favour of industrial action.

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