Teachers make breakthrough: Government and education unions agree ‘intensive talks’ on pay, conditions and workload after strikes this week
- The Government and the education unions have agreed to “intensive talks”
- It follows the strike earlier this week by teachers’ unions.
The government and education unions have agreed to hold “intensive talks” on teachers’ pay, conditions and reduced workload, they announced in a joint statement.
The talks, which will focus on cutting pay, conditions and workload, will involve unions including the National Education Union (NEU), whose members were on strike in England earlier this week.
The news follows progress in the NHS dispute on Thursday, with leaders of nurses, ambulance teams and other health workers agreeing to suspend further labor action while votes are taken on a new wage offer.
A joint statement by the Government and education unions said: ‘The Government and education unions, the Association of School and University Leaders, the National Association of Principals, NASUWT and the National Education Union have agreed to move to a period of intensive conversations. The talks will focus on teacher pay, conditions and reducing the workload.
The Government has agreed to “intensive talks” on salaries, conditions and reduction of teaching hours
A protester holds placards as he takes part in a protest in Trafalgar Square earlier this week.
“In order for the talks to begin and, we hope, come to a successful conclusion, NEU has confirmed that it will create a period of calm for two weeks during which they have said no further strike dates will be announced.
“The Secretary of Education and all the unions will meet today, initiating intense conversations, which will continue throughout the weekend.”
Earlier this week, around seven million school students were hit by strikes when their teachers walked out across the country in a dispute over pay.
More to follow.