Industrial action is unnecessary;Letter

29th May 1998 at 01:00
Susan Young is simply wrong. The Professional Association of Teachers members will not take on work not done by their colleagues in other unions (Diary, TES, May 15). We don't strike but we don't strike-break either.

It is a pity that The TES has not cottoned on to the fact that the Government is entirely genuine in its desire to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and, as we in PAT know, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers and the National Union of Teachers have been taking battering rams to a door whose handle simply needed turning.

Estelle Morris has emphasised ministers' commitment to changing the culture and ethos of the Department for Education and Employment; what's needed now is the speedy issue of the circular so we can all take the next steps along a road which looks hopeful.

David Jones

Acting general secretary, Professional Association of Teachers, Derby

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