Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Gove blamed as action escalates

NASUWT members will refuse to invigilate mock exams as part of industrial action escalated in a row over jobs, pay, pensions and overall workload

Schools will be hit by escalated industrial action by teachers in a row over jobs, pay, pensions and workload amid "deep concerns" among staff over their profession.

Members of the NASUWT will only produce one written report a year to parents, will not submit lesson plans to senior managers and will refuse to invigilate mock exams.

Teachers will be able to supervise activities outside school hours, such as sports clubs and drama, if they are happy to do so, but will refuse if it is imposed on them by a headteacher and union members will only send and respond to work-related emails during school hours.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) will undertake similar action from October 3.

The NASUWT has been involved in action since last December, but has decided to escalate its campaign, in conjunction with the NUT.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: "The escalation of the NASUWT industrial action is entirely the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.

"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."

A Department for Education spokesman said: "We are very disappointed that the NUT has chosen to take industrial action. Only a tiny minority of their members voted in favour but it will damage the profession's reputation.

"The NUT and NASUWT are taking industrial action about pay and working conditions before the independent pay review body has made any recommendations."

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