Family Solicitors – Fresh strike action for 2013/14 academic year

Amanda Crowe

‘As a new school year begins parents need to prepare themselves already for potential disruption to their children’s schooling. The teachers’ unions have given dates in October for their continuing campaign of rolling regional strikes, with teachers set to strike in the East of England on Tuesday 1st October. Those opposing such action state that any strikes by teachers are likely to disrupt pupils’ learning, inconvenience parents and damage the reputation of local teachers and schools.

The two biggest teachers’ unions are also threatening a national one-day strike in England before Christmas in a row over pay, pensions and workloads. However, The NUT and NASUWT have held back from announcing a date and are calling for talks to begin again with the Government. Education Secretary Michael Gove has reported to have stated that he will meet teachers’ unions “any time, any place, anywhere”. However, he has also accused union leaders of pursuing strike action for “ideological reasons.” With the debate looking set to continue for some time, both parents and pupils must play the waiting game to see whether this academic year will be disturbed by strike action or not.’

Amanda Crowe is a family law solicitor at Barker Gotelee, Ipswich Solicitors. Barker Gotelee specialise in school appeals.

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