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NASUWT to begin strike negotiations?

The body could be set to organise a strike in the UK.

13 September 2011

Strike negotiations could be imminent after the NASUWT teachers' union agreed to ballot its members over industrial action.

It is the first time such a process has occurred in more than ten years, with almost 250,000 serving teachers asked to vote on whether or not action will go ahead.

General secretary Chris Keates says: "Teachers' morale and motivation is so low that in a recent survey 47 per cent reported that they had seriously considered leaving teaching altogether in the last twelve months."

He claims an "excessive workload" is proving too much for many people in the sector and their ability to complete their job properly is compromised.

The body - which is the UK's largest union for teachers - is sticking to a timetable that could see action occur in the current term.

Mr Keates warns it is important not to let standards in the sector drop, due to strategies enforced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance.

Posted by Ken Hayes
 

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