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Strike looms over the capital

LONDON teachers have until Monday to vote in a ballot over "inadequate" additional allowances for working in the capital. The National Union of Teachers is urging its members to vote for a strike on March 14, over a 3.5 per cent increase which it says fails to address the capital's recruitment and retention difficulties. It would be the first London-wide action since 1972, when Margaret Thatcher was education secretary. Allowances went up by 30 per cent last year, taking starting salaries in inner London to more than pound;20,000 for the first time.

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