Tuesday, 28 June 2011

NUT leader: no progress in negotiations - strike on Thursday

Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, sent this message to NUT members yesterday:

'After the conclusion of today's talks with Government, the NUT unfortunately has no other option but to go ahead with the planned day of strike action on Thursday 30 June.

The Government isn't listening

The Government is still saying that teachers will have to pay more, work longer and get less. This despite the fact that teachers' pensions were only recently reformed, are affordable as confirmed by the National Audit office and the valuation promised in that agreement has still not taken place.

Unfortunately, the Government has done nothing more today than confirm that it has no intention of listening to teachers. We will, of course, attend all future talks but, for talks to be meaningful, the Government really does need to address teachers' central concerns. The NUT needs to demonstrate the strength of feeling amongst members on this issue.

We are not alone

The NUT will be taking strike action alongside colleagues in the ATL on 30 June. Lecturers in the UCU and civil servants in the PCS will also be taking action on that day.

The Government's stance means that action on Thursday is unavoidable and unless the Government starts listening rather than simply imposing its will, we will have little choice but to consider further action.

Please support the strike action on 30 June and join us if you can at one of the many rallies taking place across England and Wales. You can find the event nearest to you here:

To keep up-to-date with developments, follow us on Twitter:!/nutonline

If you have not yet emailed your MP about pensions, please go to to email them now. Finally, please invite any colleagues not in the NUT to join us:

Thank you for your support.'


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