Teachers at at Chesterfield High School in Liverpool struck for two days last week over performance-related pay.
The NUT union members said many teachers would be refused a pay rise despite hitting their targets. This is because they are deemed to be making insufficient “progress”.
One placard on the picket line read, “I teach pupils not units of progress”.
Pete Glover, the NUT’s national executive committee member for Merseyside, said such attacks “will lead to a mass exodus” from teaching.
He added, “People are working 50 hours a week but still being told they are not meeting their targets.”
Academy action in Wallasey
A strike over job cuts hit Oldershaw Academy in Wallasey, Wirral, on Tuesday. It was the first of a series of one-day strikes planned by NASUWT union members at the school.
The union is in dispute over redundancies and the formula for calculating redundancy pay. It said redundancy payments were higher before the school became an academy, which only offers statutory redundancy pay.
The union said five teachers are being made redundant, and the contracts for a number of support staff are being terminated.
Further walkouts are planned for 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 September if bosses don’t back down.
East London school bosses back down
The NUT union suspended a planned strike at Connaught School for Girls in east London last week after bosses made concessions.
Teachers had planned to strike on Thursday of last week, following a one-day strike earlier this month. They were fighting a plan to increase their working hours.
Bosses gave a guarantee that increases to hours this year will not be made in the future and promised a reduction in meetings. The union has agreed to give bosses until October to implement other changes to workload.
Workers made gains by striking and threatening further walkouts, and feel more confident as a result.
NUT union election
Kevin Courtney has been elected general secretary of the NUT union. He won 70 percent of the vote. His rival Beth Davies won 30 percent.