Teachers’ strike will still have “impact” in Northamptonshire despite NASUWT pulling out

Teachers on strike in Northampton on June 30
Teachers on strike in Northampton on June 30

The impact of the teachers’ strike on March 26 will still be “significant” in Northamptonshire despite the fact the biggest union will not be taking part, an NUT spokesman has said.

Following a meeting on Friday, the national executive of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has announced it will not be taking part in planned strike action next month.

The union said it wanted to ensure the industrial action remained “pupil, parents and public friendly” and was particularly concerned by the widespread disruption already affecting children, schools and communities as a consequence of the winter floods.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The acceptance by the Secretary of State of the Review Body’s recommendations, which protect important contractual entitlements including provisions on working time, holidays, PPA and cover, has been welcomed by the NASUWT and by teachers in general.

“The NASUWT national executive and NASUWT members recognise that the only way to resolve a dispute is for the parties directly involved to sit down to have serious discussions on the issues of concern.

“The NASUWT will therefore engage in the programme of talks with the Secretary of State and will review progress in the talks this term.”

But Gordon White, county secretary of the NUT, said his union was still planning strike action on March 26.

He said: “It is regrettable that we are not all acting together on this front. Clearly it makes it more difficult for NUT members to act in their own schools but we understand that NASUWT staff will not cover their colleagues on strike.

“But March 26 is far enough away for there to be progress made with the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, for him to come to the table and discuss the pay and pensions dispute.

“We have gone on strike without the NASUWT before and, although it had less of an impact, there was still a significant impact on schools in the county with some partial closures.”