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NAHT moves a step closer to industrial action over pension cuts

image of pension cut ballot

The National Association of Head Teachers has confirmed that it will ballot its members on strike action.

 

If NAHT members vote yes, such action is likely to take place this autumn.

 

The decision to ask the union’s members to vote on taking strike action was made at a meeting today (17 June 2011) of the NAHT’s National Executive.

 

General Secretary of the NAHT, Russell Hobby, said:  “With great reluctance, faced with threats and a refusal to negotiate from the government, we feel we have no option but to demonstrate our anger at this attack on the teaching profession.

 

"Like everyone else, teachers have paid the price for the recession in taxes and pay cuts. They are now also being taxed to pay for the mistakes of others.

 

"We fear for the future of a system with a demoralised and devalued profession. We fear that we will not be able to attract people to become heads at a time when targets and workloads are rising.

 

"In planning the timing of this ballot, we feel that we have created a proper window for negotiations to continue and, hopefully, prevent the need for action."

For procedural reasons, the NAHT will not be able to join fellow teaching unions ATL and the NUT on their picket lines on June 30 although earlier this week, the NAHT did describe news of the strikes as the “sad but inevitable result of a profession under attack.”

 

 

Page Published: 17/06/2011