NUT sixth-form college strike to go ahead after legal challenge fails

14th March 2016 at 17:36
NUT sixth form college strike legal challenge

Tomorrow’s planned strike by teaching staff in sixth-form college sector will go ahead, after a legal challenge by the government failed today.

The Department for Education argued that the action, for which almost nine in 10 members of the NUT union voted in a ballot last month, was unlawful, as it was based on political grounds, rather than a trade dispute about the terms and conditions of members.

However, the NUT, led by general secretary Christine Blower (pictured), has announced today the challenge in the High Court had failed, and strike action willgo ahead as planned.  Deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said the decision was a “victory for democracy and common sense”. 

He added it was clear that government cuts to sixth-form college funding were having a direct impact on members’ terms and conditions.

“It is regrettable that the government has not attempted to resolve the dispute," he added. "No-one wants to take strike action but this is a serious issue that is getting increasingly worse. The NUT has been left with no option but to raise awareness of the problem through industrial action. Nicky Morgan’s challenge to the legitimacy of our strike action has just made that job easier.”

In response to the court ruling, a DfE spokesman said the NUT was “seeking to disrupt the education of thousands of students and damage the reputation of the profession”. “We are disappointed with the court’s decision and are considering our options,” he added.

Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow TES FE News on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn


Related Content

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today