Teachers urged not to strike

Published: 21 Jul 2013 09:300 comments

A COUNCIL leader has called on teaching unions not to take strike action 'over minor issues' in the Royal Borough as part of a national row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Council-maintained schools will now speak to their staff about the changes which include the removal of automatic incremental pay progression, plus allow schools to set their own pay grades.

At the beginning of May, the Royal Borough received statements from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASWUT) stating they would not participate in discussions about implementing any pay policy for teachers opposed to their own suggested policy.

Both the NUT and NASWUT have stated schools that approve the pay policy risk staff walking out in strike action.

Cllr David Burbage, leader of the Royal Borough - whose employment panel is expected to approve the changes - said: "We don't want to interrupt chil-

dren's education for issues of pay, particularly when it is over

minor issues rather than it being something like halving pay."

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