Teachers overwhelmingly voted for strike that will take place over seven days spread between February and March in a dispute over payment.

The National Union of Education (NEU) told Sky News on Tuesday, January 17, that the threshold required to strike after voting out its 300,000 members had been reached.

NEU, the largest education union, said its members were seeking a “fully funded, above-inflation wage increase.”

A statement issued by the union said nine out of ten members voted to strike and that teachers were not prepared to “stand on the sidelines” and see educational service “sacrificed” due to “a toxic mix of low wages and excessive workload.”

Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, NEU Assistant General Secretaries, said: “We are sorry to have to go on strike and are ready to enter into negotiations anytime, anywhere, but this situation cannot continue.”

Agency staff and volunteers will be free to cover classes for the strikes, which will take place on February 1, 14 and 28 and March 1, 2, 15 and 16. The strikes are expected to affect 23,000 schools in England and Wales.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan described the strike as “deeply disappointing for children and parents”.

The NAHT said it was considering another vote in the near future, with disruption to postal services said to have been a factor.

With the country already hard hit by the largest number of days lost due to strikes In more than a decade, the news that teachers are going on strike for seven days will be met with frustration and despair.


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