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Teachers' strike is off
6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Echo News
TEACHERS have postponed next month’s national strike after Government ministers agreed to discuss their concerns.
The National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers threatened a one-day walk-out as part of a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.
They took industrial action earlier this month, forcing schools across the country to close.
Jerry Glazier, general secretary of NUT’s Essex branch, said: “The Secretary of State is saying he is willing to talk.
“We are willing to give a reasonable amount of time. We will see if the Secretary of State is committed.
“If he isn’t, then we will be back, reluctantly, to industrial action.
“We want to resolve it, but we need to work with the Secretary of State.”
The unions have warned if their concerns are not addressed a new strike date will be set for the beginning of next year.
Mr Glazier said: “The talks may come to nothing quickly.
“Strike action is something we take reluctantly – it is not a first call of action.”
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