Escalation of action is entirely the responsibility of the Secretary of State

Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:43
Posted by Scott Buckler

Speaking as the escalation of the Industrial Action by the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union begins today, General Secretary Chris Keates, said..

"The escalation of the NASUWT Industrial Action is entirely the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Education.

"Since December 1, 2011, NASUWT members across England and Wales have been engaged in continuous action to defend their pensions, pay, working conditions and jobs and tackle excessive workload.

"This action has been specifically designed to be pupil, parent and public friendly.  We are endeavouring to ensure that is still the case with our escalated action.

"In just over two-and-a-half-years, the actions of the Secretary of State have resulted in over half of teachers considering leaving the profession altogether, specialist teachers losing their jobs, applications for entry into the profession plummeting and teacher morale at an all-time low.

"These issues undermine the ambition shared by all teachers to provide the highest quality of education for every child.

"The Secretary of State continues to fail to genuinely engage with the NASUWT and continues with his reckless disregard of the deep concerns of the teaching profession.  This is a betrayal of not only the workforce but of every child and young person."

Source: ©NASUWT

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