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NASUWT members vote in favour of pay change strike action

Members of teachers union NASUWT have voted in favour of strike action over proposed pay changes.

21 March 2011

Members of the teachers' union NASUWT have voted in favour of industrial action over proposals to alter their pay and conditions of service.

The Herald reports that in a move which could prompt strike negotiations, almost 75 per cent of voters were prepared to take action on the issue and 93 per cent rejected the proposed changes.

It quoted general secretary of NASUWT Chris Keates, who claimed the results are indicative of the "deep sense of anger" felt by teachers in regard to the government's plans.

"The employers' proposals force all teachers to take a pay cut and leave supply teachers, important members of the school workforce, open to exploitation by changing their rates of pay," she said.

Ms Keates went on to state that the proposals would harm the teacher induction process in Scotland, which he claimed is viewed as the gold standard by other countries.

Members of the University and College Union commenced industrial action last week, following the failure of strike negotiations over alterations to working conditions and pay were unsuccessful.

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