Since December 2011, teachers have been Standing up for Standards by taking pupil, parent and public-friendly action to defend their terms and conditions, but the Secretary of State for Education has refused to enter into meaningful discussions, so on 27 June teachers in the Northwest took strike action, as part of a national rolling programme, to persuade the Coalition Government to engage in genuine dialogue.
1.Your pay and conditions of service are inextricably linked to high standards of education
Teachers’ pay and conditions are inextricably linked to the entitlement of children and young people to be taught by those who are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and who have working conditions which help them to raise standards. The current system of pay and conditions has meant that our education system is seen as the sixth best in the world.
2. To secure a fair and transparent pay system for all teachers
The Coalition Government has changed the teachers’ pay system so that access to pay progression and entitlement to pay portability could be a thing of the past unless the action is supported.
3. To stop further cuts to the value of your salary
After the two-year pay freeze, the increase in average pensions contributions and cost-of-living increases over the last three years, teachers deserve a substantial pay rise.
4. To protest about massive and unsustainable increases to your workload
Changes to education, the curriculum, examinations, assessment, inspection and accountability has led to a massive increase in teachers’ workloads, meaning that teachers are less able to focus on the task of teaching.
5. To stop further increases to your pension contributions
The Coalition Government is imposing a 50% increase in pension contributions over three years. Take the action to stop further increases from April 2015.
6. To protest that teachers are being required to work longer for less pension
Changes have been made to teachers’ pensions that will mean that most teachers will have to work longer to get a smaller pension. It is important that the Coalition Government recognises the depth of anger that teachers feel about this issue.
7. To protect your job and to prevent more teachers’ jobs being lost
Jobs have been lost as a result of the Coalition Government’s cuts and changes to regulations that allow unqualified teachers to teach. Supporting the action will protect the teaching profession.
8. To stop the Coalition Government from cutting your holidays
The Coalition Government wants to shorten teachers’ holidays and increase the working day of teachers. This can only be stopped by defending the current teachers’ contract.
9. To defend your professional rights and entitlements
The Coalition Government is planning to remove teachers’ contractual entitlements, including planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time, leadership and management time, lunch breaks and cover for absence. These entitlements can only be defended through the action.
10. To persuade the Coalition Government to engage in genuine dialogue to resolve the dispute
Since 1 December 2011, NASUWT members have been engaged in action short of strike action. The NASUWT has been seeking meetings to resolve the dispute but the Secretary of State is refusing to engage in genuine dialogue. Teachers have no choice but to take strike action as a last resort.
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