Teachers across Wales threaten strike action
5:10pm Monday 18th March 2013 in Gwent news
TEACHERS across Wales are threatening strike actions because of continuing rows over pay, pensions and work conditions, two unions said today.
The NUT and NASUWT, which represent nine out of ten teachers, announced the next phase of their jointly coordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education.
Both say they have been unable to resolve disputes with Welsh education minister, Leighton Andrews, and are angry at the continued refusal of the secretary of state in Westminster to enter into meaningful discussions to resolve the issues over pay, pensions and conditions of service.
As a result, industrial action is planned, including rallies across Wales in April and May and a programme of national strikes in June, and a one day all-out national strike before the autumn term unless resolutions can be reached before then.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The minister must recognise that teachers' patience has been tried to the extent that it is now exhausted. They want to see tangible progress towards resolution of our trade dispute."
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, added: “Some progress on workload had been made but that has stalled. We stand ready to engage with the minister to make progress towards a positive outcome for teachers and children.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said it was continuing talks with both unions and was keen to resolve the dispute.