Teachers in the NUT union have overwhelmingly backed a plan for up to two days of strikes before the general election.
Workers backed the plan by 80 percent in a consultation that ended last week. The union’s national executive will now decide the next steps in its campaign to defend teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.
The vote comes in the wake of a shift in the government’s rhetoric towards teachers. The government has launched a workload survey and claims to want to help teachers improve their working conditions.
This comes after hated schools inspectorate Ofsted issued a “clarification” on the requirements of its inspections. This was also geared at cutting the workload teachers suffer in preparing for inspections.
All of this is a refreshing change from previous education secretary Michael Gove’s war on teachers. But the government has delivered no concrete changes. And it remains committed to attacks on teachers’ pay and pensions, while continuing to drive through privatisation in schools.
Union leaders should use the overwhelming vote for strikes to call action that can get some real results.