Teachers vote for October 1 strike date

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Teachers across Calderdale will go out on strike next month after the two biggest teaching unions voted in favour of industrial action.

Staff will walk out on Tuesday October 1 over pay, pensions and workloads.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT accused the Education Secretary of being “reckless and irresponsible”.

Sue McMahon Calderdale divisional secretary for the NUT, said: “Reluctantly we take this strike action as Mr Gove is damaging education for generations to come. He must listen to our concerns.”

Action is planned across the country throughout October with a possible coordinated national strike later in the year.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said the latest move was not a “reckless rush” to strike action, and that they had been trying to engage with Mr Gove since he came to office in 2010.

“No one wants to be disrupting children’s education,” she said. “Our experience is parents understand that if you attack teachers’ pay and conditions you are putting at risk children’s education.”

At an event in central London this morning Mr Gove questioned why the unions were pursuing strikes.

“There is no excuse for going on strike,” he said. “What is the complaint that teachers have? Is it that pensions are poor?

“It has been pointed out that even after recent changes, teachers have better pensions than the majority in the public and private sectors.”