Government slams Hartlepool teachers for voting to take part in region-wide strike

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TEACHERS look set to strike next month in a long-running row over pay, pensions and workload.

Members of two teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT, look set to take part in a region-wide strike on Thursday, October 17, with a national walk-out is likely to follow before Christmas.

The new strikes are the latest move in the campaign by the unions over Government education reforms.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said the authority will support schools to minimise disruption for parents and children, but individual schools will decide whether or not to close.

He said: “We are aware of the potential strike by the NUT and NASAWT. Any decisions as to whether individual schools close, partly close or remain open are taken by the governing body and headteacher.

“With any strike action, the council would always do everything possible to support schools to minimise the impact on children. We would also assist to ensure that any disruption is clearly communicated to parents.”

NUT and NASUWT members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the Eastern region will take part in a walkout on October 1, followed by those in the North East, London, the South East and the South West will strike on October 17.

The Government has condemned the unions’ rolling campaign of walkouts and said it is disruptive to pupils’ education.

Under the Government’s reforms, due to come into effect from this autumn, teachers’ pay will be linked to performance in the classroom - with schools setting salaries rather than following a national framework.

Changes have also been made to public sector pensions.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the Government’s measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.”