Teachers in Hartlepool and East Durham could go on strike

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TEACHERS across Hartlepool and East Durham could be set to take industrial action later this year after two of the biggest teaching unions outlined strike plans.

The NASUWT and the NUT, representing nine out of 10 teachers across the UK, yesterday confirmed the next phase of their jointly co-ordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education.

Both unions expressed anger over what they described as “the continued refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve our trade disputes with him”.

The plans include two separate strike days carried out regionally, followed by an all-out national strike before the end of the Autumn term.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The Secretary of State needs to take seriously the very deep concerns and anger of teachers and school leaders.

“The relentless attack on the teaching profession is damaging the morale of teachers and undermining the education of pupils.”

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, added: “Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and they are very well aware of the difficulties that this causes for parents and pupils. Teachers, however, have been left with no option. If we do not take a stand now to defend the profession, then the consequences for teacher recruitment and education will be disastrous for all.”

The dates highlighted for North-East industrial action to take place are the week starting October 14.