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Union ballots on strike action

ONE OF the biggest teaching unions is calling on members across Wales and England to vote for industrial action against heavy workloads.

The National Union of Teachers will write to members from Monday, asking them to endorse school-based industrial action where negotiations fail.

Teachers are still faced with duties they believe are "unnecessary, excessive and unsupportive of teaching and learning".

Senior union figures are nervous at government signals that the funding focus is turning from schools to the NHS. The government said that guaranteed lesson preparation time and the reduction of administrative tasks had decreased teachers' workload.

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