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Teachers to strike?

Teachers to strike?

Coordinated action is on the cards for regions badly-hit by funding changes, following a vote at today's NUT conference

The NUT teaching union has voted to call a one-day regional strike in the summer term, over school funding cuts.

At the union’s annual conference in Cardiff, delegates today voted to “identify regions” where “strike action could be called using the existing funding ballot and to call a one-day strike in those regions before the end of the 2016-17 academic year”.

Last June, the union voted for strike action to “persuade the secretary of state for education… to increase presently inadequate funding levels”.

This means the NUT is legally able to take industrial action in relation to funding until 31 August 2017. On 1 September, it will merge with the ATL to create a new organisation – the National Education Union – so its current ballot will expire at that point.

Kevin Courtney, the NUT’s general secretary, said the union would consult its members across the country and - in those regions where “teachers are particularly angry” - it would consider “whether we could coordinate action in those regions in summer term”.

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