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HomeBreaking NewsTeachers in England and Wales to strike in February and March

Teachers in England and Wales to strike in February and March

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Teachers in England and Wales have voted in favour of strikes in a dispute over pay.

Nine out of 10 teacher members of the National Education Union (NEU) voted for strike action and the union passed the 50 pc ballot turnout required by law.

The union has declared seven days of walkouts in February and March, but it has said any individual school will only be affected by four of the days.

The first day of strikes will be on February 1 and more than 23,000 schools in England and Wales are expected to be affected, the NEU has said.

In England, 90pc of NEU teacher members who voted in the ballot backed strikes, with a turnout of 53pc.

In Wales, 92pc of NEU teacher members who voted in the ballot backed strikes, with a turnout of 58pc.

Overall, 300,000 teachers and support staff in England and Wales were asked to vote in the NEU ballot.

Support staff in schools in Wales are also set to go on strike in the dispute over pay after 88pc of balloted members backed action, with a turnout of 51pc.

However, the NEU’s ballot of support staff in schools and sixth-form colleges in England did not achieve the 50pc ballot turnout required by law for action.

The result from the NEU, the largest education union in the UK, comes after a ballot of members of the NASUWT teachers’ union last week failed to reach the 50pc turnout threshold.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is also due to announce its ballot result for strikes on Monday.

The Department for Education (DfE) has offered a five per cent pay rise to most teachers for the current school year, but the NEU is demanding a fully-funded

Teachers in England and Wales have voted in favour of strikes in a dispute over pay. Nine out of 10 teacher members of the National Education Union (NEU) voted for strike action and the union passed the 50 pc ballot turnout required by law. In England, 90pc of NEU teacher members who voted in the ballot backed strikes, with a turnout of 53pc.

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