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Teachers to strike again next month

Driffield School & Sixth Form, as well as several primary schools across the Wolds Weekly area, could be closed for two days early next month after the National Education Union announced new strike dates.

Walkouts by members of the union will take place on Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July.

Previous strike dates by the union in February and March saw Driffield School & Sixth Form close to all students, whilst some local primary schools were partially closed.

The strikes are part of a long-running dispute between the unions and the government over pay.

The NEU is currently re-balloting members, asking whether they want to continue strike action for the remainder of the year.

Other education unions, the ASCL, NAHT and NASUWT, are also holding ballots for strikes over pay and funding for teachers. All the unions have said that co-ordinated strike action could take place in the autumn if there is no settlement.

“It is within Gillian Keegan’s (Education Secretary) grasp for this action to be halted,” said Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union

“Time and again the National Education Union, alongside its sister unions, have called for the Education Secretary to get around the negotiation table to settle this dispute for a fully-funded teacher pay increase.

“Time and again our calls have fallen on stony ground. The Education Secretary refused to re-enter negotiation on the grounds that she and her department were waiting for the publication of the School Teachers’ Review Body’s recommendation on pay.”

They added: “This causes huge uncertainty for schools and is hugely disrespectful to headteachers.

“None are able to properly plan for next year. Unlike her counterparts in Scotland and Wales where the pay disputes have been settled, this Education Secretary has wilfully turned her back on teachers in England.

“No one wants to take strike action but when faced with an Education Secretary who clearly has no interest in settling this dispute, teachers are left with no option.”

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