TEACHERS could possibly be subsequent to hitch the summer time strikes distress — after 40,000 RMT employees introduced railways to a standstill yesterday.
The National Education Union as we speak tells No10 it desires 12 per cent rises for its members by September.
Yesterday Nineteen Eighties miners’ strike chief Arthur Scargill, 84, supported the RMT in Wakefield, West Yorks.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi warned lecturers threat wrecking youngsters’ restoration from the Covid pandemic if their unions vote to strike.
He completely advised The Sun: “Young people have suffered more disruption to their education than any generation gone before, and it’s the vital work of teachers that is helping them get back on track.
“The last thing I — or any parent — want to see is anything that would risk undoing that progress.”
NEU chief Mary Bousted will write to Mr Zahawi as we speak threatening industrial motion.
She advised TalkTV: “We’re going to be asking for a pay rise, which matches inflation.”
She advised Mr Zahawi to “get around the negotiating table now”, including: “If the Secretary of State refuses to do that, we will then survey our members to see if they are willing to take strike action, which is always a last resort.”
The explosive row got here as:
- BORIS Johnson mentioned Britain should “stay the course” and tackle the unions, or threat “disaster for this country”.
- LABOUR plunged into civil struggle as MPs joined picket strains in defiance of chief Sir Keir Starmer.
- MINISTERS privately hinted they have been ready to provide railway employees greater rises than nurses if they comply with modernisation.
As the spectre of mass strikes looms over Britain, a bullish Mr Johnson advised the Cabinet they need to keep united.
He warned in the event that they give up to coach strikers now then the entire rail community will “go bust”.
Teachers have been provided a 5 per cent pay rise over the subsequent two years.
The Government has vowed to pay new lecturers a beginning wage of £30,000 — which might quantity to an enormous 16.7 per cent over the subsequent two years.
But the NEU demanded wage bumps which match inflation — even when it hit 12 per cent.
Another lecturers union, Nasuwt, has threatened industrial motion if they don’t get the rise.
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