Bolton Teachers pledge support for colleagues on strike
TEACHERS from Bolton will be supporting their colleagues who are due to walk out today as the next round of strike action gets under way.
Members of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT — National Association of Schoolmasters and Women Teachers — in Bolton were among the first to take strike action in June as part of a rolling programme of walkouts.
Today, teachers in Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions will be striking against the “relentless assault on the teaching profession”.
Julia Simpkins, the secretary of the Bolton NUT, said: “Retired teachers will be travelling to support the teachers who are taking strike action. We will be sending messages of support as well. We were supported when we took industrial action and it does mean a lot.”
Ms Simpkins said that strike action in Wales had been called off this month after ministers said the would speak to the unions.
She added: “The NUT and the NASUWT represent 90 per cent of teachers in the country and on October 17 strike action is planned for North East, London, South East and South West regions and a national strike later in the year.
“We have shown that we are not being unreasonable and will call off the strikes if Michael Gove engages in meaningful talks with the unions.”
The unions are in dispute with the Government over changes to teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions.
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