NUT awaits ballot result on pay strikes

31st October 2008 at 00:00

A decision on industrial action over teachers' pay that could lead to a series of national strikes will be reached next week.

The ballot of about 250,000 members of the National Union of Teachers closes on Monday, with the final decision to be announced on Thursday.

Members have been asked if they support discontinuous industrial action, which could include national strikes and other locally coordinated action. If they vote yes, it would free the union from having to seek a separate ballot each time it wanted to take action over the current pay dispute.

The union is unhappy at teachers' below-inflation deal. Salaries went up by 2.45 per cent last month, but retail price index inflation hit 5 per cent at the same time. In April, a one-day strike led to some 9,500 schools in England and Wales being forced to close or partially shut.

Christine Blower, the union's acting general secretary, said: "Refusing teachers a decent salary will have a direct impact on children and young people's education. Teachers and other public sector worker unions cannot and will not stand by and see their members' incomes and standards of living cut."

John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has said that given the present financial climate, with people struggling to pay bills and losing their jobs, there would be "non-existent" public support for teachers' strike action.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


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